Gambling licences

It is unlawful to provide facilities for gambling or use premises for gambling without the relevant authorisation.

Responsibilities under the Gambling Act 2005

We are responsible for:

  • issuing gambling operators with premises licences
  • lower stake gaming machines
  • temporary use notices for premises not licensed for gambling purposes but might be used for a limited period

Apply for a licence

The Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commission (external website) is responsible for granting operating and personal licences for commercial gambling operators and personnel working in the industry.

Registration of lotteries and amusements

You must register as a non-commercial society in order to hold raffles, tombolas or any event that involves the sale of tickets and an element of chance.

All lotteries, held under this registration must have:

  • properly printed tickets
  • the name of the society
  • the promoter's name and address
  • the council who registered the charity
  • the date of the lottery
  • the price of the ticket (which must not exceed £2)

If the raffle is not the main event and the tickets are sold and the prizes are given on the same day, for example at dinner dances or garden fetes, then a certificate of registration is unlikely to be required.

Once registered, societies have to submit a statement of lottery return after each lottery showing the amounts collected, the amount spent on prizes and any expenses concerned with conducting the lottery. These returns are held for 18 months and are available for public inspection.

Initial registration costs £40 with an annual renewal fee of £20.

Where can I find out more?

For more information please contact the Gambling Commission.
Web: Gambling Commission (external website)
Email: info@gamblingcommission.gov.uk
Phone: 0121 230 6666

Or contact our licensing team.

Contact information

  • Telephone: 01494 421 346 or 01494 421 222