Gambling Premises licence

Apply for a provisional statement

For premises that have yet to be constructed, or which will need significant amounts of work before they can be used for gambling activities, or where the operator has not yet obtained the right to occupy the premises, a Provisional Statement may be applied for. This is a precursor to a full Premises Licence, allowing an operator to access the likely opposition to any licence application before committing to the costs of development.

A Provisional Statement does not in its own right allow facilities for gambling to be provided – a Premises Licence must be obtained following development before the premises may actually be used. Representations will not be permitted against any Premises Licence application providing that all relevant information was provided in the provisional statement application, and there have been no material changes in circumstances since.

Details on the activities that require a licence and the different types of licenses available can be found by following the links on the right hand side of the screen.

Operating licences and personal licences

Applications for Provisional Statements can be made by any person or organisation, even if they do not hold (nor have applied for) an Operating Licence. However, before any application can be made for a Premises Licence, an application for a relevant Operating Licence must have been submitted to the Gambling Commission. Further details on Operating Licences are available from the Gambling Commission. You should note that no Premises Licence will be granted before an appropriate Operating Licence is confirmed as granted.

Make an application 

You should note that the application process will not start until the fee is received.

What you need to do

You must provide the following with your completed application form:

Fee

The fee is based on the licensable activity you wish to carry out at the premises. You must include the correct fee with your application.

Plan of the premises

The plan must be clear and legible in all respects and must show:

  • The boundaries or perimeter of the premises;
  • Where the premises consist of one or more buildings, the location of the external or internal walls of each building;
  • Where the premises forms part of a building, the location of the external or internal walls of the building which are included in the premises;
  • Where the premises are a vessel (boat) or a part of a vessel, the location of any part of the sides of the vessel and any internal walls which are included in the premises;
  • The location of each entry and exit at the premises, including a description of the place from which the entry or to which the exit leads; and

Premises licences for the following activities have to show additional items on the plans. These are:

Bingo

  • The location and area of any part of the premises used to provide facilities for gaming (other than those parts which include Category B or C gaming machines);
  • The location and extent of any area in which Category B or C gaming machines will be made available for use; and
  • The nature and location of any barrier or other thing separating any area with Category B or C gaming machines from any other part of the premises.

Adult gaming centre

  • The location and extent of any part of the premises in which gaming machines will be made available.

Family entertainment centre

  • The location and extent of any part of the premises in which Category C gaming machines will be made available;
  • The location and extent of the area in which Category D gaming machines will be made available; and
  • The nature and location of any barrier or other thing separating any area with Category C gaming machines from any other part of the premises.

Betting (other than a track)

  • The location and extent of any part of the premises which will be used to provide gambling facilities

Betting (tracks)

  • The location and extent of any other areas which will be used for providing betting facilities
  • The location and extent of any part of the premises in which Category B or C gaming machines will be made available
  • The nature and location of any barrier or other thing separating any area with Category B or C gaming machines from any other part of the premises

You can use a legend to explain the symbols used on the plan.

Notifying responsible authorities

You must give notice of your application to each of the responsible authorities within seven days, starting on the date on which the application was made. If you do not do this, your application will be invalid. The notice must be in the Form of notice for responsible authorities.

Advertise the application

You must advertise your application in the local newspaper and with a site notice(s).

Local newspaper

A notice must be published in a local newspaper 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. A copy of the newspaper advertisement should be forwarded to us

The public notice is in a prescribed form and can be downloaded: Form of notice to be published provisional statement

Contact details for suitable newspapers:

Wandsworth Guardian,
Newsquest South & West London,
Floors 9 & 10, Quadrant House,
The Quadrant, 
Sutton, 
Surrey, SM2 5AS

Wandsworth and South London Press
South London Press (1865) Ltd,
County House, 
221-241 Beckenham Road 
Beckenham 
Kent BR3 4UF

Site Notices

You must advertise your application at the premises. This notice must be displayed in a place where it can be conveniently read by members of the public from the exterior of the premises.

The poster must be displayed for a period of at least 28 days starting on the day the application was given to us. 

The public notice is in a prescribed form and can be downloaded: Form of notice to be published provisional statement.

What happens next?

We will check that:

  • The application is correctly completed
  • The responsible authorities have been notified
  • It has been advertised correctly

If there is a problem

If there is a problem with the application, we may contact you for further information or return the application (or part of it) for your attention. Until these problems are solved your application is not valid and the consultation period will not start.

How long does it take to decide on an application?

There is a legal 28 day consultation period during which representations can be made in relation to an application. See making representations for more information.

If we receive no representations within the 28 days, we will grant your application as applied for.

What happens if representations are received?

Where we receive relevant representations, we will hold a hearing of Licensing Committee to decide on the application (unless all parties agree that a hearing is not necessary). We will tell you about the arrangements for the hearing.

We will aim to hold the hearing within 20 working days following the final date for the receipt of representations.

The decision

After the Licensing Committee has heard all parties it will make its decision. It may:

  • Grant the application
  • Grant the application with additional conditions
  • Reject the application

This decision is usually made at the time of the hearing. This will be confirmed in writing with the reasons for the decision along with information on what you need to do if you want to appeal.

Appeals

Both the applicant and anyone making representations can appeal to the local magistrates' court if they are dissatisfied with the decision. 

See Appeal against a licensing decision for more information.

Provisional Statement duration

Unless otherwise specified, a Provisional Statement will not carry an expiry date, and cannot be surrendered or revoked. The Provisional Statement does not in itself authorise gambling activities, and a Premises Licence must be obtained at the conclusion of development works. If the planned development changes substantially from what is authorised by the Provisional Statement, then it will have no effect during the Premises Licence application – Either a new Provisional Statement must be obtained, or a new Premises Licence application must be made in its own right and not in reliance upon a Provisional Statement.