Isle of Wight Council

Licensing - Gambling

Premises Licences

Service Update

Regulatory Services are no longer based at Jubilee Stores.  Should you need to contact the Licensing team please email your query in the first instance to

An officer will respond to your query as soon as possible.  Please note that emails will be answered in order of priority.

Please ensure that your email contains your full name, address, a telephone number and a detailed description of your query.


Under the Gambling Act 2005, Premises Licences can be issued to allow premises to be used as:  

  • Adult Gaming Centres.   
  • Betting Shops.   
  • Tracks.   
  • Bingo Premises. 
  • Family Entertainment Centres.

An application for a Premises Licences is subject to a 28 day consultation period during which the application must be advertised at the premises and in the local press. The application must also be copied to the following Responsible Authorities:        

  • Licensing authority.   
  • Police Licensing Unit.      
  • Gambling Commission.      
  • Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.     
  • Environmental Health.      
  • Planning Authority.      
  • Children’s Services.

The authority must consider any representations received during this period from responsible authorities or interested parties. An interested party is a person who:        

  • Lives sufficiently close to the premises to be likely to be affected by the authorised activities;
  • has business interests that might be affected by the authorised activities, or;         
  • represents persons who satisfy paragraph 1 or 2.

The Council is required to periodically publish a Statement of Gambling Policy. This details how the Council will generally deal with applications. View the current Gambling act 2005 - Section 349, Statement of Licensing Principles. (PDF, 597KB, 22 pages).


The Gambling Act 2005 provides that any responsible authority or interested party may make application for the review of a gambling premises licence if they are affected by the activities or the objectives are being compromised.

A review application is subject to a 28 day consultation period during which comments may be made. The licensing authority will hold a hearing to determine what action should be taken.

Anyone considering making application for a review is strongly advised to take appropriate professional legal advice and contact the Licensing Department before doing so.

If you require further clarification please do not hesitate to contact the Licensing Department by phone or email using the details in the 'Contact' tab above.