Gambling Licensing

The Gambling Act 2005 ('the 2005 Act'), came fully into force on 1 September 2007, and aimed to put in place an improved, more comprehensive structure of gambling legislation. The Act also created a new unified industry regulator, the Gambling Commission.

Gambling Licensing Policy Consultation - Open to 1st  November 2022

The local authority is currently consulting on its revised Gambling Licensing Policy. Any comments can be emailed to 

Gambling Licensing Policy 2023 to 2026[pdf] 451KB

Gambling in Public Premises

In order for gambling activity to take place in any public premises within our boundary, the following licences will be required and can be obtained from the Gambling Commission:

  • operating licence
  • personal licence (subject to circumstance)
  • premises licence.

In addition, a premises licence must also be obtained. Under the Act, CPBC are responsible for dealing with the following applications:

  • casinos
  • betting offices
  • race tracks
  • bingo halls
  • adult gaming centres
  • licensed family entertainment centres. 

We also issues permits for gaming and gaming machines in clubs, unlicensed family entertainment centres and gaming machines in pubs or other alcohol licensed premises.

Please contact the Licensing Team if you need any further information 

Licensing Application Forms

Making representations

It should be noted that, unlike the Licensing Act, the Gambling Act does not include a specific licensing objective in relation to public nuisance. Any objections to new premises or requests for a review of a licence should be based on the three licensing objectives.


The authority is required to maintain a register of applications made under the Gambling Act 2005.   Licensing Public Register


Fees and Charges 2022-2023[pdf] 639KB