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Information on how to apply for small society lottery registration, betting shops, casinos and gaming machine licences.

Gambling Act 2005 came into force in September 2007.

The central government department with responsibility for the legislation is the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.  More information can be found on the Gambling regulation

The Act comprehensively updates existing gambling laws that are several decades old, providing new powers and protections for both new and old forms of gambling.

The Act has three clear objectives:

  • Keeping gambling crime free.
  • Making sure that gambling is fair and open.
  • Protecting children and vulnerable adults.

The Act covers two main activities:

  • Providing facilities for gambling
  • Using premises for gambling

In either case, you must hold the appropriate permission.  Permission may come from a licence, permit, or registration granted according to the Act, or from an exemption given by the Act.

Local authorities licence gambling premises within their area, as well as undertaking functions in relation to lower stake gaming machines and clubs and miners' welfare institutes.  Premises which require a premises licence include; casinos, bingo halls, adult gaming centres and licensed family entertainment centres and betting permits for gaming machines in pubs and other alcohol licensed premises.  Licensing authorities will undertake inspections and enforce the conditions on these issued licenses, permits and notices.

The Gambling Commission shares with local licensing authorities the responsibility for granting gaming and betting permissions.  You will need to contact them for information on operating and personal licence requirements.  For more information visit Gambling Commission.

Statement of Principles

Licensing authorities are required by the Gambling Act to publish a statement of the principles which they propose to apply when exercising their functions.

This statement must be reviewed and published at least every three years and any amended parts re-consulted on.

View our pdf icon Gambling Statement of Principles [568kb]online or contact us for a hard copy.

Licences and permits issued by South Holland District Council

Please contact us  if you would like to apply for a Premises Licence.

We issue permits for:

Please contact us for information on Temporary Use Notices and issue Provisional Statements.

Small Society Lotteries and selling raffle tickets

Any non-commercial society that wishes to promote small lotteries, raffles, prize draws or similar, in order to raise funds for a purpose of a society, must be registered with the local authority for the area in which the principal offices of the society are situated.  See the Small Society Lotteries page for more information.

Gambling Fees

Information on fees can be found in the Licensing pdf icon relevant fee [71kb] list.

Remote Gambling

Gambling in which persons, participate by the use of remote communication, including the internet, telephone, television, radio or any other kind of electronic or other technology for facilitating communication. This too is regulated by the Act. Further guidance can be obtained from the Gambling Commission remote.

Takeaway and Taxi Offices

Gaming machines have not been permitted in takeaway food outlets and taxi offices since 1 August 2007.  If you have seen a gaming machine in a takeaway or taxi office please contact us.


Requests for a review of a premises licence can be made by interested parties or responsible authorities.  However, it is for the licensing authority to decide whether the review is to be carried out.  This decision will be made on the basis of whether the request for the review is relevant to the matters listed below:

  • In accordance with any relevant code of practice issued by the Gambling Commission;
  • In accordance with any relevant guidance issued by the Gambling Commission;
  • Is reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives; and
  • In accordance with the authority's statement of licensing principles.

Requests for reviews will not be considered by the Licensing Authority where:

  • The request is frivolous or vexatious;
  • It will not cause the authority to consider altering, revoking or suspending the licence; or
  • It is substantially the same as previous representations or requests for review.

The licensing authority can also initiate a review of a licence if it feels it appropriate.

Please contact us if you would like to review a premises.

Guidance sheets for Gambling Act 2005 Activities

Want to hold a race, poker, bingo, or casino night, or require general information on gambling in alcohol licensed premises or clubs?

Please see the below Gambling Information Sheets for further information.

pdf icon Bingo [22kb]

pdf icon Casino Nights [15kb]

pdf icon Pubs & other alcohol licensed premises [22kb]

pdf icon Poker [21kb] 

pdf icon Race Nights [11kb]

Gambling Commission Equal Chance Gaming

Can't find the information you need?  Please contact us on 01775 761161 or by email and we'll be happy to help.

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