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About gambling licences

About gambling licences

We’re responsible for licensing premises in South Oxfordshire where gambling takes place, and registering small society lotteries. To find out more about the various authorisations please see:

When deciding whether to issue a gambling licence or permit, we follow guidance from the Gambling Commission, our gambling policy and the three licensing objectives from the Gambling Act 2005:

  • keeping gambling crime free
  • making sure that gambling is fair and open
  • protecting children and vulnerable adults

Please see our fees and charges page for the current cost of each licence or permit. To apply, please click on the required authorisation above. Download and complete an application form, and send it to the address below with the relevant fee.

For details on how we use data relating to licence holders and applicants, please see our privacy notice for licence holders and applicants.

For details on how we use data relating to complainants and those making representations against a licence application, please see our privacy notice for complainants and objectors.

The Gambling Commission issues operating and personal licences, as well as those for regulating gambling via the internet, phone, TV, or computer. More information can be found on the Gambling Commission website.

Statement of gambling policy

Our current gambling policy took effect from 31 January 2022.

The policy was reviewed in 2021. The consultation ran from 13 July to 10 August 2021 and you can find below the documents created for the consultation:

Our Licensing Committee considered the comments received during the consultation and the proposed new policy on 21 October 2021, which was then adopted by the Council on 9 December 2021. The new statement of gambling policy was published on 14 December 2021.

Contact us - Licensing

01235 422556
(Text phone users add 18001 before dialing)

South Oxfordshire District Council
Abbey House
Abbey Close
OX14 3JE