Gambling Premises

Premises licences

Under the Gambling Act 2005 a premises licence is required for:

  • Bingo premises
  • Betting premises, including tracks
  • Adult gaming centres
  • Family entertainment centres
  • Casinos

We must carry out our functions with a view to promoting the three licensing objectives as stated in the Gambling Act 2005:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder, or being used to support crime;
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way; and
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling;

The council is responsible for licensing gambling premises in South Oxfordshire District Council, issuing permits for lower stake gaming machines and issuing temporary use notices for premises not licensed for gambling purposes. The Gambling Commission has the responsibility for issuing operator and personal licences under the Act.

How to apply for a premises licence

To obtain a premises licence, it is a requirement of the Act that an applicant for a premises licence has a right to occupy the premises to which their application relates. You must submit the following documents:

 How to advertise on the premises

The notice must be advertised on the premises for a period of no less than 28 consecutive days starting on the day after the day on which the application was given to the relevant licensing authority.

The notice must be A4 or larger, pink with black text printed legibly in black ink or typed in black. In all cases the notice must be displayed prominently at or on the premises to which the application relates where it can be conveniently read from the exterior of the premises.

The notice must contain a brief description of the proposed variation and include:

  • The name of the applicant
  • The postal address of the premises, if any, or if there is no postal address for the premises, a description of those premises sufficient to enable the location and extent of the premises to be identified.
  • The date by which an interested party or responsible authority may make representations to the relevant licensing authority (within 28 days of the application being received by the licensing authority starting on the day after the day on which the application was received by the licensing authority).
  • That representations shall be made in writing.
  • That it is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for the offence is up to £5,000.

Advertising in the local newspaper:

You must publish a notice on at least one occasion during the period of ten working days starting on the day after the day on which the application was given to the licensing authority. The advertisement must contain the same information as posted on the premises.

How to apply to transfer a premises licence

You must apply to South Oxfordshire District Council Licensing Team to transfer premises licences and submit the following documents:

How to apply to vary a premises licence

You must apply to South Oxfordshire District Council if you wish to change the hours or licensable activities at the premises. You must submit the following documents:

Last reviewed: 29 - 06 - 2015

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