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Gambling premises licence

We will consider applications for the following types of gambling premises licences:

  • adult gaming centres - amusement arcade premises making gaming machines available for use by over-18s only
  • betting (at tracks) - areas at racecourses and sports grounds, at which licensed bookmakers will be taking bets on a race or sporting event happening at that location
  • betting (at other premises) - premises away from tracks and sports grounds, such as a high street shop, at which a licensed bookmaker will be taking bets on races and sporting events happening elsewhere
  • bingo - premises at which games of commercial prize bingo are regularly played
  • casino - premises where games, especially roulette and card games, are played for money
  • family entertainment centres - amusement arcade premises making gaming machines available for use by persons of all ages

Apply for a gambling premises licence

In all cases other than for Betting (at tracks) licences, you must either hold an Operating licence issued by the Gambling Commission or have applied for one before you can apply for a Premises licence. You must also have the right to occupy the premises for which the licence is sought.

Gambling premises licence application

You will be required to give notice of your application to relevant Responsible Authorities (statutory bodies able to comment on a licence application and/or apply for the review of a licence in certain circumstances).

Provisional statement

If you do not yet have the right to occupy the premises for which you want a licence, or if the premises are to be constructed or refurbished to accommodate gambling activities, you may apply for a Provisional Statement. This is effectively a provisional licence, allowing you to assess the prospect of being granted a full licence before committing to the costs of acquiring the right to occupy, construct or refurbish the premises.

Provisional statement application form 

You will be required to give notice of your application to relevant Responsible Authorities (statutory bodies able to comment on a licence application and/or apply for the review of a licence in certain circumstances).

Advertising the application

Gambling licensing - Public Notice template (PDF, 142KB)

Applications for a new premises licence or a provisional statement must be advertised in two ways:

  1. A Public Notice in the format prescribed by the Council must be prominently displayed so that it is easily visible 24-hours a day from the outside of the premises, for a period of not less than 28 days, starting the day after the application is submitted (the consultation period); and 
  2. The publication of an advertisement in a locally available newspaper giving notification of the application, to appear on one occasion within 10 working days of submission of the application. You will be required to provide proof of publication to the Licensing Team

Responsible authorities

If you apply for a gambling premises licence or a provisional statement, you must notify each of the following bodies within 7 days of applying:

Child Protection

Child Protection Team, Barking Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU
CPRS@lbbd.gov.uk

Planning and Development Control

F.A.O. Group Manager. Planning Department, Barking Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU
planning@befirst.london

Environmental Health

Environmental and Noise Protection. Barking Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU
environmentalprotection@lbbd.gov.uk

Police

East Area Licensing Team. Romford Police Station, 19 Main Road, Romford, Essex RM1 3BJ
eastareabcumailbox-.b&dlicensing@met.pnn.police.uk

Gambling Commission

Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B2 4BP  
info@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

HM Revenue and Customs

Greenock Accounting Centre, Custom House, Custom House Quay, Greenock PA15 1EQ

Public Notices

Applications

No current applications.

Licensing Team

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

Licensing@lbbd.gov.uk