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Gambling licensing

We issue licences for gambling, lotteries and amusements.


How much does a licence cost?

We can set our own fees for premises licences, subject to maximum levels that have been specified by central government. We review our fees for the start of each financial year. The latest update took effect on 1 June 2018. Fees can be found below. 

Applicants should consider the following points:

  • The relevant fee must be sent with an application
  • The application fee will not be refunded if the application is withdrawn or unsuccessful
  • A first annual fee is payable within 30 days of the date of licence issue
  • An annual fee is payable before the anniversary of the licence being granted
  • Annual fees can be paid by credit card by calling 0116 454 1000.

Fees for gambling permits

Type of permit Licensed premises gaming machine permit Club Gaming Permit Club Machine Permit Prize Gaming Permit Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre Permit
Conversion of existing Permit £100 £100 £100 £100 £100
New Permit £150 £200 £200 £300 £300
New (Fast-track) Clubs only - £100 £100 - -
First Annual fee £50 £50 £50 - -
Annual fee £50 £50 £50 - -
Fee to vary permit £100 £100 £100 - -
Fee to Renew - £200 £200 £300 £300
Fee for Transfer £25 - - - -
Fee to Change Name - - - £25 £25
Fee for Copy of Permit £15 £15 £15 £15 £15
Fee to Change Name £50 - - - -


Permits and lottery registration

Application forms for various gambling permits and lottery registration are attached below. Fees associated with permits and lotteries are as follows:

Fees for small society lottery registration

  • New registration: £40
  • Annual fee: £20

Responsible authorities

The following authorities can comment on applications and apply for a review of a licence:

Temporary use notice

A temporary use notice will allow the use of premises for gambling, where there is no premises licence, but where a gambling operator wishes to use the premises temporarily for providing facilities for gambling. There is a £500 fee.

Local area profile

A local area profile has been prepared to indicate the location of sensitive and relevant premises in connection with the gambling policy. The local area profile will continue to be amended and updated in the coming months. This information should be viewed alongside the Gambling Policy for 2022 to 2025. The local area profile can be viewed on our web mapping system

Making a representation

A guidance document about making a representation is attached below.