Licensing - Gambling

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: I want to have a fruit machine on my premises. Do I need a licence?

Answer: You will usually need an Amusements with Prizes licence. However, certain classes of premises not permitted to have fruit machines, and others are restricted as to the number of machines they can have. Certain types of machine require a higher fee to be paid.For clarification, please contact the Licensing Section on 823159.

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Question: Can I apply for a Premises licence even if my Operating licence application has not yet been determined/issued?

Answer: Yes, although your premises licence cannot be determined until after your operating licence has been decided.

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Question: How much can I charge for a single raffle ticket?

Answer: No more than £2 can be charged for a single raffle ticket

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Question: How do I register to hold a lottery (raffle), and what is the fee?

Answer: You need to complete an application form and return it to the address on the form along with the correct fee. You can can apply online via the related link, or can obtain an application form from the Licensing Section on 823159. The fee is £40.00 for first registration, and £20.00 in subsequent years. All registrations last for one year from the date granted. - Related Link

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Question: What is a lottery?

Answer: Generally speaking, it is a distribution of prizes by lot or chance on payment of a stake. The most common type of lottery is a 'raffle'.

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Question: What information has to be printed on the tickets?

Answer: Every ticket must have printed on it the name of the Council, the name of the charitable society, the name and address of the promoter, the price of the ticket and the date of the lottery.

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Question: Can bingo be played on the premises of a private members or proprietary club?

Answer: Under the new Act clubs can offer bingo and other equal chance gaming without a permit or a licence provided that:

the club abides by limits to be set in regulations for the amounts which may be deducted from sums staked or won (unless a club gaming permit is held);
the participation fee is no more than the regulations allow (expected to be £1 per person per day, or £3 where a club gaming permit is held);
games are held on the premises;
games are not linked with games held on other premises;
games are only open to club members and guests (unless your club is a commercial club); and/or
the total stakes or prizes for bingo games played in any seven day period does not exceed £2,000 more than once in 12 months.
You will need to apply for a bingo operating licence if you operate bingo on your club premises with total stakes or prizes that go above £2,000 a week and you plan to do so again at any time during the following twelve months. After the first week of high turnover bingo the club will commit an offence if high turnover bingo is played again in the following twelve months, unless a bingo operating licence has been obtained.

If your total stakes or prizes for bingo reach £2,000 in any seven day period without an operating licence you must notify the Gambling Commission.

Provided conditions outlined in the new Act are complied with you do not need a premises licence.


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Question: The office where I work is holding a Christmas raffle for staff. Is it necessary to register?

Answer: No. Where ticket sales are limited to members of the same society, workplace or premises (Private Lotteries), no registration is necessary.

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Question: In a society lottery how much money should go to the good cause?

Answer: At least 20% of the proceeds must go to the charity. Not more than 55% of the proceeds can be used for prizes and up to 35% may be used for expenses, although the total of prizes and expenses combined cannot exceed 80%.

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Question: Our local school wants to do a raffle. Does it need to be registered?

Answer: If ''cloakroom'' style tickets are sold on the day and the draw takes place on the same day, registration is not required. However, if tickets are to be printed and sold in advance of the day of the draw, registration will be required. To obtain an application form, contact the Licensing Section on 823159 The fee for registration is £40 initially, and £20 to renew in subsequent calendar years.

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