You’ll need a premises licence if you want to run any of the following types of premises:
- bingo hall
- betting shop
- betting (track) – these are sporting venues not just race tracks
- amusement arcade (for adults only, or where adult machines are provided)
How to apply
If you want to run a bingo hall, betting shop, betting track, adult gaming centre, family entertainment centre or casino you will need to apply for a premises licence.
You'll need to complete an application form and send this to us.
If you're applying to licence a vessel then you should complete the vessel application form instead. You'll need to tell us additional information about the vessel.
When you fill in the application form you'll need to give:
- your details
- details of the premises and what type of premises licence you are applying for
- times of operation
- a detailed plan of the premises. You can find out more about this in our guidance for plans. There are different requirements depending on the type of premises
Types of premises licence
There are five types of premises licences:
- casino premises licence
- bingo premises licence
- betting premises licence, including tracks and premises used by betting intermediaries
- adult gaming centres (for category B3, C and D gaming machines)
- family entertainment centres (for category C and D gaming machines)
If you want to run an unlicensed family entertainment centre you can apply for a permit instead. Unlicensed family entertainment centres can only have category D gaming machines.
You must put up public notices at the premises giving details of the application.
A copy of that notice must also be advertised in a local newspaper.
More information and a template to follow are in our guidance for the display of notices.
You'll need to give notice of the application to each of the other responsible authorities. You'll need to fill either a:
and send a copy to each of the responsible authorities listed in our guide.
You'll be charged a fee for this application. Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.
Length of licence
Most premises licences have an unlimited duration but you'll have to pay an annual fee.
Further information about premises licences and how to apply is in our guide to applying for gambling act licences.
If you have an issue with a premises that is licensed for gambling then you can tell us about this. Please telephone us or send us an email.
You can view details of existing gambling premises licences and a list of current applications on our licensing public register.
Start the journey
More info about the journey
You will need a chequebook or to telephone us with your credit or debit card details.
You'll need a plan of the premises.
You'll need to send notice of the application to each of the responsible authorities.
You'll need to put up public notices at the premises and advertise a copy of the notice in a local newspaper.
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 there will then be 28 days (from the day after we accept the application) when anyone can make a representation.
If no representations are received your application will be granted and we'll send you your licence in the post.
If representations are 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.
Timescales for processing an application do not start until all the necessary information has been received in full
What you can do if your application is unsuccessful
Please contact us in the first instance:
The Licensing Manager, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL
Tel: 01395 517410
If an application for a premises licence 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
You can deliver your application to our offices.
If you would like to come into the office and speak to us about your application then please telephone to make an appointment.