Gambling licences

It is illegal to provide facilities for gambling, or use premises for gambling, without the appropriate permission. Permissions come in the form of a licence, permit or registration granted in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 or from an exemption given by the Act. View more information about the Gambling Act 2005.

We are responsible for licensing premises that offer facilities for gambling, for the following categories:

  1. Casino premises
  2. Bingo premises
  3. Betting track premises
  4. Betting (other) premises (such as betting shops)
  5. Adult gaming centres (AGC's)
  6. Family entertainment centres (FEC's).

When a premises licence is issued, it allows the premises to be used for that primary gambling activity.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for a premises licence you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or over
  • If applying on behalf of a company or partnership be authorised to make such an application
  • Hold or has applied for an operator’s licence from the Gambling Commission for that gambling activity.

Apply for a gambling premises licence

To apply for a gambling premises licence please download and complete the relevant application form:

Please note: At present we do not accept online applications for our gambling licences.

The application form must be completed in full and contain all the relevant information requested. Plans must be included for new applications, provisional statements and variations to change the layout of premises with existing licences.

Once completed please send the application form, required documents and the fee to Licensing Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE.

Fees

The fee list contains the current fee payable for each application type.

Fees can be paid by cheque made payable to South Norfolk Council, or by debit card or credit card by calling 01508 533621. You can also pay by BACS by contacting your bank and quoting our bank Account Number: 83490173 and Sort Code: 20-26-34, and the account reference/invoice number for the bill you want to pay. 

Notice of application

Applicants must serve a notice of their application to each responsible authority.

View a list of the responsible authorities with their contact information

Applications for new applications, provisional statements or variations of existing licences must be advertised and are open for responsible authorities and the public to comment on. The consultation period for these application types is 28 days, from the day the application is received by the Licensing Authority. Applicants must place a public notice on the premises so it can be clearly read by members of the public, whether the premises are open or closed. If the premises has not been constructed then the notice must be placed on the site of the proposed premises. The public notice must meet the requirements of the regulations and must state the last date that comments can be submitted. If the premises has a frontage of more than 50 metres, a notice must be displayed every 50 metres around the front of the property. The notice must be displayed for a period of 28 consecutive days.

Each premises licence that is issued by us will be subject to the mandatory or default conditions associated with that gambling activity. The mandatory conditions cannot be varied or removed in any way. When applying for new licences you can request in your application to have the default conditions either removed from the licence or amended. For existing licensees a variation application is required to make changes or remove these default conditions.

We can grant club gaming permits to members' clubs and miners' welfare institutes (but not commercial clubs). These authorise the establishments to provide gaming machines, as well as equal chance gaming and games of chance. You can also apply for club gaming or club gaming machine permit to cover the licensing of a vessel or vehicle.

Apply for a club gaming and gaming machine permit

To apply for a club gaming or gaming machine permit please download and complete the application form:

The application form must be completed in full and contain all the relevant information requested.

Once completed please send the application form, required documents and the fee to  Licensing Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE.

Fees

The fee list contains the current fee payable for each application type.

Fees can be paid by cheque made payable to South Norfolk Council or by debit card or credit card by calling 01508 533621. You can also pay by BACS by contacting your bank and quoting our bank Account Number: 83490173 and Sort Code: 20-26-34, and the account reference/invoice number for the bill you want to pay. 

Premises that are licensed under the Licensing Act 2003 to sell alcohol on the premises have an automatic right to two gaming machines of category C or D. However, the premises must have a bar at which alcohol is served, without the requirement that alcohol is served only with food.

Applicants must review the conditions of their Licensing Act 2003 premises licence to find out whether they have conditions restricting the service of alcohol to those eating food.

Apply for a gaming and gaming machine permit

Applicants must submit a gaming and gaming machine notification.

Once completed please send the form and the associated fee to the Licensing Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE.

Fees

The fee list contains the current fee payable for each application type.

Fees can be paid by cheque, made payable to South Norfolk Council, or by debit card or credit card by calling 01508 533621. You can also pay by BACS by contacting your bank and quoting our bank Account Number: 83490173 and Sort Code: 20-26-34, and the account reference/invoice number for the bill you want to pay. 

Note

As with the notifications for two or less machines, the same restrictions relating to off sales, bar serving and food, apply to premises that wish to obtain an alcohol licensed gaming machine permit. The permit will allow premises with an alcohol licence to provide three or more gaming machines of category C or D. This permit will replace and not be in addition to the automatic entitlement to two machines.

Society lotteries are lotteries promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society. A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted:

  • For charitable purposes
  • For the purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity
  • For any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.

A small society lottery:

  • Does not have proceeds that exceed £20,000 for a single draw
  • Does not have aggregated proceeds from lotteries in excess of £250,000 in any one year.

Apply for a small society lottery registration

To apply for a small society lottery licence please read the guidance for small society lotteries and then follow the simple steps below:

  1. Fill out the small society lottery registration application form and send it back to us with the relevant fee.
  2. A small society lottery return form must be supplied to us within the period of three months beginning with the day on which the draw, or last draw, in the lottery takes place.
  3. After gaining the registration, you will need to renew it annually and pay a fee of £20. We will send you an invoice and supporting documents needed to renew your licence. You can also download a small society lottery renewal form.

Once you have completed the relevant forms above, please send them and the relevant fee to the Licensing Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE.

Fees

The fee list contains the current fee payable for each application type.

Fees can be paid by cheque, made payable to South Norfolk Council, or by debit card or credit card by calling 01508 533602. You can also pay by BACS by contacting your bank and quoting our bank Account Number: 83490173 and Sort Code: 20-26-34, and the account reference/invoice number for the bill you want to pay.