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You must have a gambling premises licence, required by the Gambling Act 2005, to operate the following premises:
For requirements around the types of gambling premises, please see our gambling premises types and requirements page.
To apply for a premises licence you must:
To find out whether an application for a premises licence would be granted please see gambling provisional statement.
The cost depends on the type of application made. For details please see our gambling fees page.
Complete the ‘application form for a premises licence' from the documents section and return to Preston City Council:
Environmental Health Department
Payment can be made by through the licensing office on 01772 906910 (option 1) using a debit or credit card.
Once you have submitted your application, you need to notify responsible authorities (found in the documents section) in the following ways:
1. a notice outside the premises for 28 consecutive days where it can be read conveniently using the Governments prescribed ‘notice to be published’ (see documents section).
2. A notice in a newspaper or newsletter of local relevance, on at least one occasion within ten days of the application being made. This should contain the same information as the notice placed on the premises.
3. A notice to all responsible authorities within seven days of the application being made (unless made online) using ‘provisional statement – form A’ (see documents section) for individual applicants or ‘provisional statement – form B’ (see documents section) for an organisation of multiple persons.
If valid representations are received a committee hearing will be held to determine whether the application is granted or rejected.
Yes. You have 21 days to appeal against a rejection or grant of a premises licence from receipt of the notice of decision from the licensing authority
The appeal should be lodged with Preston Magistrates Court.
Applications can be granted after a minimum period of twenty-eight days assuming no valid representations are received.
The first annual fee is due within 30 days of your licence being issued. You will pay annually thereafter. A reminder letter will be sent out to you one month before the due date detailing how to make payment. For prices see gambling fees.
Once a premises licence has been granted you can make an application to make changes to your licence or transfer a licence to a new owner.
If you are considered to be in breach of any licence conditions, you could be subject to a gambling premises licence review.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.