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Gambling permits

Club gaming and club machine permits

Member’s clubs wishing to provide gaming machines and/or gaming for the exclusive use of members and their guests in their premises may apply for a club gaming permit, which may allow them to:

  • provide up to 3 gaming machines (of categories B3A, B4, C or D) and/or
  • offer equal chance gaming
  • offer games of chance such as Pontoon or Chemin de fer

Club gaming permits are granted for a period of ten years, subject to payment of an annual continuation fee.

Club gaming and club machine permit application 

Premises licensed for the supply of alcohol and satisfying certain conditions have an automatic entitlement, having notified the Council, to provide up to 2 gaming machines (of categories C and D).  The conditions to be satisfied are:

  • the premises are licensed to supply alcohol for consumption on those premises;
  • the premises contain a bar; and
  • the premises are not subject to any licence conditions limiting the supply of alcohol to people having meals on the premises.

Notification must be made to the Licensing Team by the premises licence holder before any gaming machines are provided at the premises. Machines may be made available only after the Licensing Team have acknowledged receipt of the correctly completed notification and the appropriate fee.

Licensed premises gaming machine notification and permit application  

The notification is valid, subject to revocation, as long as the premises licence holder continues to hold the licence. In the event of the licence being transferred, the new licence holder must make his or her own notification.

If premises satisfy the conditions above and the licence holder wishes to provide 3 or more gaming machines, they must apply for a gaming machine permit.

Applications and payment of the appropriate fee must be submitted by the premises licence holder to the Licensing Team. We will contact you if we have any concerns about the number or type of gaming machines on the permit application and you may make representations.

If we refuse to grant a gaming machine permit or grant one for fewer or different machines than requested, you may appeal by applying to the Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of being notified of our decision.

The permit is valid, subject to revocation and on payment of an annual continuation fee, for as long as the licence holder continues to hold the licence. In the event of an application to transfer the licence, an application must be made to also transfer the gaming machines permit.

Charities, clubs and non-commercial organisations based in Barking and Dagenham and wishing to raise funds for their activities by running small lotteries, must register with the Council. 

To be classified as a small lottery, each draw must meet the following requirements:

  • the proceeds from a single lottery must not exceed £20,000
  • the aggregate proceeds from lotteries promoted in a calendar year must not exceed £250,000
  • at least 20% of the proceeds of every lottery must be used for a purpose for which the promoting society is established and conducted

The maximum value of any prize may not exceed £25,000. Every ticket sold in a lottery must be the same price, and the buyer must be given a ticket that identifies the promoting society, the price of the ticket, the name and address of a person responsible for the lottery, and the draw date(s).

Small society lotteries registration 

The registration form and appropriate fee must be submitted to the Licensing Team. The registration is continuous subject to the payment of an annual continuation fee.

Every society registered with a local authority to run small society lotteries must submit a statement providing the following information:

  • dates on which tickets were available for sale or supply and the date of the draw
  • total proceeds of the lottery (remote and non-remote)
  • amounts deducted by promoters of the lottery in providing prizes, including rollovers
  • amounts deducted by the promoters of the lottery in respect of costs incurred in organising the lottery
  • amount applied directly to the purpose for which the promoting society is conducted or for which the local authority has power to incur expenditure (at least 20% of the gross proceeds)
  • whether any expenses incurred in connection with the lottery were not paid for by deduction from the proceeds, and, if so, the amount of expenses and the sources from which they were paid

Lottery returns 

Returns must be submitted within 3 months of the date of the draw (or the last draw), be signed by two members of the society appointed in writing for that purpose by the society’s governing body and accompanied by a copy of that appointment

Licensing Team

Barking Town Hall, Lower Ground,1 Clock House Avenue, Barking IG11 7LU