Guide Gambling permits and notices

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7. Apply for a prize gaming permit

Prize gaming is where there is a prize which is not determined by the number of people participating or the amount paid or raised by the gaming.

The applicant will need to demonstrate that they occupy or propose to occupy the premises. There cannot be any premises licence or club gaming permit in place at the premises.

Please read our information about permits and Statement of Licensing policy under the Gambling Act 2005 before you apply.

How to apply

If you want to run a premises with facilities for gaming with prizes then you can apply for a prize gaming permit.

You'll need to fill in an application form and send this to us. 

To request an application form please email

We'll need to know:

  • if the premises is already licensed for any gambling activities
  • your details
  • details about the premises
  • information about the nature of the gaming you want to provide
  • a detailed plan of the premises - you can find out more about this in our guidance for plans

We will consult with the chief officer of police.  The permit will last for 10 years. 


You are not able to apply for a prize gaming permit if there is already a premises licence or club gaming permit in place at the premises


You can find out about guidance on prize gaming in our guidance under Gambling Act 2005


You'll be charged a fee for this application. Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.

Data Protection

Any personal information which you provide will be held and used by East Devon District Council for the purpose of the licensing service to process your prize gaming permit and administer any permit which is granted.  Your information may also be shared within East Devon District Council for the purposes of carrying out our lawful functions.  Otherwise your personal information will not be disclosed to anybody outside East Devon District Council without your permission, unless there is a lawful reason to do so, for example disclosure is necessary for crime prevention or detection purposes.  Your information will be held securely and will not be retained for any longer than is necessary.  There are a number of rights available to you in relation to our use of your personal information, depending on the reason for processing.  Further detail about our use of your personal information can be found in the relevant privacy notice

Start the journey

More info about the journey

You'll need to complete the application and pay the fee.

You'll need to give us a plan of the premises.

When we receive your application we'll check it to make sure it's been completed correctly. We'll telephone you if there is anything else we need.

As soon as we have the complete application and all the information we need, we'll accept it and then consult with the police.   They will then have the opportunity to make a representation.  

If the police don't make a representation your application will be granted and we'll send you your permit in the post.  

If a representation is received then a hearing must be heard before members of the licensing sub-committee unless all parties agree this isn't necessary.

After the hearing we'll write to you with the decision.  

What you can do if you haven't heard from us

If at least 35 days have passed since you gave us your completed application and you haven't heard from us you can act as though your application is granted. 

If you are submitting your application by post then this will only apply when you can show proof of delivery from the Post Office or a recognised courier.

Time scales for processing an application do not start until all the necessary information has been received in full

Length of permit

The length of the permit is 10 years. You'll need to apply to renew your permit six months before it expires.

What you can do if your application is unsuccessful

Please contact us in the first instance.


If an application for a permit is refused you can appeal.

All appeals must be made to a magistrates court within 21 days of notice of the decision:

North and East Devon Magistrates Court, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter, EX1 1UH

Tel: 01392 415300