Gambling Premises Licences
Premises licences are granted by the local licensing authority, to existing operating licence holders (issued by the Gambling Commission). Facilities for gambling can be made available on licensed premises. Premises that can be licensed for gambling include:
- casino premises
- bingo premises
- betting premises (including tracks)
- adult gaming centres (AGCs)
- Family Entertainment Centres (FECs).
The Gambling Act defines a track as a horse racecourse, greyhound track or other premises on any part of which a race or other sporting event takes place or is intended to take place.
There are a number of other venues where sporting events do or could take place and therefore could accommodate the provision of betting facilities. Examples of tracks include:
- a horse racecourse
- a greyhound track
- a point to point horserace meeting
- football, cricket and rugby grounds
- an athletic stadium
- a golf course
- venues hosting darts, bowls or snooker tournaments
- a premises staging boxing matches
- a section of river hosting a fishing competition
- a motor racing event
A track premises licence permits the premises to be used for the provision of facilities for betting, but does not permit the licence holder to provide casino, bingo or other types of gambling on tracks, as these activities are the subject of separate premises licences.
To apply for a premises licence you must:
- be 18 years old or older;
- if applying on behalf of a company or partnership be authorised to make such an application; and
- hold or have applied for an Operating Licence from the Gambling Commission for the relevant gambling activity.
A person may make an application to the Licensing Authority for a Provisional Statement in respect of premises that he or she expects to be constructed, altered, or acquire a right to occupy. The Gambling Commission website includes further information and guidance on the Gambling Act and licensing arrangements.
An application can be made to transfer the licence to another name. The person to whom it is transferred must have an operating licence.
If a licence holder wishes to change a detail of their premises licence they will have to make an application to vary to Birmingham City Council. A premises licence can be varied in three ways:
- adding amending or removing an authorised activity
- amending another detail of the licence
- excluding a default condition and/or a condition imposed by the local licensing authority.
A licence cannot be varied so that it applies to a different premises.
If the premises are situated within Birmingham, applications should be made to the licensing section - see contact us page.
You can directly apply for a premises licence if you have the right to occupy your premises and you have a valid operating licence. You should apply for a provisional statement if your premises still needs to be built, needs major alterations, or you do not have the right to occupy it.
For boats and ships, you will need to apply for either an application for a new premises licence (for vessels) or an application for a provisional statement (for vessels).
New applications, provisional statements and variations to change the layout of existing premises must:
- include any plans for licence change with the application (see Plan Requirements for further guidance)
- serve notice of their application to each responsible authority (see attached list below)
- publicly advertise the application by clearly displaying a public notice on the premises for 28 days (if the premises has a frontage of more than 50 metres a notice must be displayed every 50 metres around the premises).
- include the relevant fee (see Fees & Charges Schedule)
The various forms for applying for a premises licence are attached below. You will also find the forms which are to be used to give notice of your application to Responsible Authorities and to the Public.
The Birmingham City Council Application Forms are attached at the bottom of this page.
Once you have completed the relevant application form it can be submitted to the Licensing Section by a variety of means:
By Email - Completed applications can be submitted electronically by attaching the completed form and any associated supporting documents to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
(Please note that electronic applications submitted by email can only be accepted if there is a scanned signature on the application form).
On receipt of your application by email a Licensing Officer will contact the applicant to acquire payment of the appropriate fee via a debit or credit card.
By Post - Send completed applications to the address as indicated on our contact us page.
Postal applications must be accompanied by a cheque or postal order for the appropriate fee (see - Fees & Charges Schedule) and made payable to 'Birmingham City Council'.
In Person - applications can be submitted in person at the address and during the times shown on our contact us page.
Please check the Fees & Charges Schedule page for details of the cost of your application.
Our target for dealing with applications is 28 days. However all applications should be determined within 60 days of receipt of all the information necessary to determine the application.
Further information can be found on the Gambling Commission website.
The Gambling Act 2005 (Premises Licences and Provisional Statements) Regulations 2007
The Gambling Act 2005 (Premises Licences and Provisional Statements) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007
The Gambling Act 2005 (Mandatory and Default Conditions) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007
The Gambling Act 2005 (Premises Licences) (Review) Regulations 2007
The Gambling Act 2005 (Premises Licences) (Review) (Amendment) Regulations 2007
For further advice and guidance please contact the General Licensing Team - see contact us page.