Gambling and Betting

Please be aware that from 12 December 2016 the Licensing Office is only open for personal callers Tuesday's & Wednesdays' between 10am & 12midday and Friday between 1pm & 4pm. Outside of these times an appointment will need to be made with a member of the Licensing Team.

Gambling Act 2005

This Act came into force on 1 September 2007.  It created a new system for the licensing and regulation of commercial gambling. The granting of various types of licences and permits is now undertaken either by the Gambling Commission or Local Authorities. All application forms and relevant guidance notes may be downloaded for completion and submission to the Licensing Authority at the address detailed below. A list of Responsible Authorities and the Schedule of Fees for applications and permits may also be downloaded but it should be noted that these fees are subject to review on an annual basis.

This Council is now responsible for the grant and issue of the following licences:-

Adult Gaming Centres

An Adult Gaming Centre can offer up to 4 Category B machines and an unlimited number of Category C and D machines.  No one under the age of 18 years is permitted to enter an Adult Gaming Centre.

Adult Gaming Centres must have the relevant operating and personal licences from the Gambling Commission and a premises licence from the Licensing Authority.

If you wish to apply for an Adult Gaming Centre Licence you can download the relevant information and forms by clicking on the links below:

Applications are usually dealt with within 2 months of receipt of a full application.  In very exceptional circumstances the deadline may be required to be extended, you will be notified of the new deadline and the reason for extending it.

 

Betting Shop Premises

An operator with a General Betting (Standard) Operating Licence is permitted up to four gaming machines in any category other than A, B1 or B3A, but these will have to comply with the technical standards which the Gambling Commission has developed and published.

All gaming machines situated in a betting premises must abide by the Gambling Commission Gaming Machine Technical Standard and be tested to the appropriate standard by an approved test house.

The rules for positioning of gaming machines in relation to other activities on the premises are listed in the Mandatory and Default Conditions to the Gambling Act 2005.

If you wish to apply for a betting shop premises licence you can download the relevant information and forms by clicking on the links below.

Applications are usually dealt with within 2 months of receipt of a full application.  In very exceptional circumstances the deadline may be required to be extended, you will be notified of the new deadline and the reason for extending it.

 

Bingo Premises

A Bingo premises licence allows the premises to have up to 8 Category B3 or B4 gaming machines and any number of Category C or D gaming machines available for use on the premises.

All gaming machines must abide by the Gambling Commission's Gaming Machines Technical Standards and be tested to the appropriate standard by an approved test house.

The rules for positioning of gaming machines in relation to other activities on a premises are listed in the mandatory and default conditions to the Gambling Act 2005.

If you wish to apply for a Bingo Premises Licence you can download the relevant information and forms by clicking on the links below:

Applications are usually dealt with within 2 months of receipt of a full application.  In very exceptional circumstances the deadline may be required to be extended, you will be notified of the new deadline and the reason for extending it.

 

Club Gaming and Machine Permits

Club Gaming Permits allow the provision of no more than 3 gaming machines.  These may be from Categories B3A, B4, C or D.  They also allow equal-chance gaming (e.g. poker) and games of chance (e.g. pontoon) under certain restrictions.

Club Machine Permits allows the holder to have up to three gaming machines of Categorised B3A (except Commercial Clubs), B4, C or D.

If you wish to apply for a Club Gaming or Machine Permit you can download the relevant information and forms by clicking on the links below.

Applications are usually dealt with within 3 weeks of receipt of a full application.  In very exceptional circumstances the deadline may be required to be extended, you will be notified of the new deadline and the reason for extending it.

 

Family Entertainment Centre

A Family Entertainment Centre can offer an unlimited number of Category C and D machines, with the Category C machines located in an "Adult Only" area.  This requires an operating licence from the Gambling Commission and a relevant premises licence from your Local Licensing Authority.

If you wish to apply for a Family Entertainment Centre Licence you can download the relevant information and forms by clicking on the links below.

Applications are usually dealt with within 2 months of receipt of a full application.  In very exceptional circumstances the deadline may be required to be extended, you will be notified of the new deadline and the reason for extending it.

 

Gaming Machines in Licensed Premises (pubs)

Pubs and other alcohol licensed premises are automatically entitled to two Category C or D gaming machines, any may apply for more machines to their local licensing authority.

If you wish to apply to have gaming machines in a licensed premises you can download the relevant information and forms by clicking on the links below.

Applications are usually dealt with within 2 weeks of receipt of a full application.  In very exceptional circumstances the deadline may be required to be extended, you will be notified of the new deadline and the reason for extending it.

 

Prize Gaming Permits

When an individual adult or group would like to run prize gaming from a premises that does not already have an existing premises licence or a club gaming permit, they should apply to the Local Licensing Authority for a prize gaming permit.

You do not need a prize gaming permit if you:-

  • Already have a licence/permit for Bingo Operating Licence from the Gambling Commission and a Bingo Premises Licence from your Local Licensing Authority.
  • Hold a Casino Operating Licence.
  • Hold a Gaming Machine General Operating Licence for an Adult Gaming Centre or Family Entertainment Centre.
  • You are providing the prize gaming facilities at a travelling fair.
  • You operate a machine that is designed or adapted for the playing of bingo by way of prize gaming you already hold a gaming machine general operating licence from the Gambling Commission and the machine is used in accordance with any condition of such a licence making a provision about the specification of such equipment.
  • You operate a machine that is designed or adapted for the playing of bingo by way of prize gaming you already hold a gaming machine general operating licence from the Gambling Commission.

If you wish to apply for a prize gaming permit you can download the relevant information and forms by clicking on the links below.

Applications are usually dealt with within 3 weeks of receipt of a full application.  In very exceptional circumstances the deadline may be required to be extended, you will be notified of the new deadline and the reason for extending it.

 

Small Society Lotteries

Societies which run small society lotteries are required to register with their local licensing authority in the area where their principal office is located.

Exempt and Small Society Lotteries do not need to apply to the Gambling Commission for an Operating Licence.

Examples of exempt lotteries include:-

  • Lotteries incidental to a non-commercial event
  • Private Society Lotteries
  • Work Lotteries
  • Residents Lotteries
  • Customer Lotteries

If you wish to apply for a Small Society Lottery Permit you can download the relevant information and forms by clicking on the links below:

Applications are usually dealt with within 2 weeks of receipt of a full application.  In very exceptional circumstances the deadline may be required to be extended, you will be notified of the new deadline and the reason for extending it.

 

Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre

An "Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre" (UFEC) refers to a premises in which an unlimited number of Category D machines may be made available for use.  Children will have free access and be allowed to gamble on the Category D machines.  UFEC's do not require an operating and personal licence.  They only require a permit issued by their local licensing authority.

If you wish to apply for an unlicensed family entertainment centre permit you can download the relevant information and forms by clicking on the links below:

Applications are usually dealt with within 3 weeks of receipt of a full application.  In very exceptional circumstances the deadline may be required to be extended, you will be notified of the new deadline and the reason for extending it.

 

Gambling Fees

The legislation requires that the Licensing Authority adopts a Gambling Licensing Policy which sets out how the Licensing Authority will approach its responsibilities under the Act and, in accordance with the legislation, has adopted a Gambling Licensing Policy Statement which was produced in consultation with various organisations and persons who were connected with or could be affected by the matters regulated under the new Act.

You can you read or download a copy of the Gambling Licensing Policy Statement (which was adopted on 24 November 2015 and came into effect on 31 January 2016) below.

Gambling Policy 2016-2019

If you would like to be included in any forthcoming consultation process, please contact the Licensing section by any of the methods detailed lower on the page.

Child Sexual Exploitation and Exploitation of Vulnerable Persons

Businesses, particularly licensed businesses, can play a vital and positive role in helping to identify and protect those that are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse whether they are children, young persons or adults and preventing such exploitation and abuse from occurring  by doing the right thing and sharing anything suspicious  information that sexual exploitation or abuse of children and vulnerable persons is taking place with the relevant authorities or agencies.

By clicking on the links shown below you can read further about how to spot the signs of possible exploitation or abuse and who to report it to and in particular how you as a business in a district that has many seaside towns can play your part in keeping children and vulnerable persons safe in our area.

A Safer Seaside Town (A guide for community safety)

Child Sexual Exploitation, Know The Signs

Contact Details

E-Mail: licensingsection@tendringdc.gov.uk

Address:
Licensing Team
88-90 Pier Avenue
Clacton on Sea
Essex
CO15 1TN
 

Telephone: (01255) 686565

Fax: (01255) 686343

Last updated on: 27/02/2017 - 10:32