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 contact email@example.com to obtain an application form. 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.
In the case of an application for a premises licence the applicant must advertise the application as follows:
- For a period of no less then 28 consecutive days starting on the day on which the application was made to East Devon District Council by displaying a notice on the premises in a place at which it can be conveniently read by members of the public from the exterior of the premises. If your premises are more than 50 metres square, a further copy or copies of the notice must be displayed every 50 metres along the perimeter of your premises, again where passers-by are able to read them
- By publishing a notice in a local newspaper circulating in the vicinity of the premises on at least one occasion during the period of 10 working days starting on the day after the day on which the application was given to East Devon District Council
You must use the prescribed form of notice and you can download these from the Gambling Commission's website.
You'll need to give notice of the application to ourselves and each of the other responsible authorities within a period of seven days beginning on the date on which the application is made. You can request the notice form for a single or multiple applicants by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or these are available on the Gambling Commission website. You'll need to send a copy to each of the responsible authorities listed in our guide.
Mandatory and default conditions
These conditions are added to all granted premises licences. They vary depending on the premises type. The list is quite extensive and further details can be found on the Gambling Commission's website.
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.
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 gambling premises licence application and administer any gambling premises licence 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.
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.
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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.
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