Gambling and lottery licences

If you want to provide facilities for gambling you must hold a relevant licence or permit. We aim to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation at all times. To see how we handle personal information, please ensure that you have read our Privacy Notice.  

There are three types of licence:

  • an Operator Licence, concerned with the management and conduct of gambling, issued and regulated by the Gambling Commission
  • Personal Licence, for persons with key operational functions connected with the gambling business, issued and regulated by the Gambling Commission
  • Premises Licence, for the property where the gambling takes place, issued and regulated by the us
  • we also issue permits for premises to provide gaming machines

Further information is available from the links below and the Gambling Commission website.

 

Public register

Information on current applications or licensed premises and conditions is available by searching the public register.

This information can be inspected Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays) at Lynton House, between the hours of 10am and midday and 2pm and 4pm.

You must make an appointment with us before visiting the office by phoning 020 8708 5428.

Copies of entries can be obtained subject to payment of a fee.

 

Statement of principles

Every 3 years Redbridge Council is required to produce a gambling policy also known as a statement of principles. The policy sets out our approach to licensing premises used for gambling such as amusement arcades, betting shops, bingo halls and clubs and pubs that provide gaming machines.

Following consultation with local residents, gambling operators, businesses and other parties such as the Police, we have published our new statement of principles, which covers the period 31 January 2019 to 30 January 2022.

View Redbridge Council's Statement of Principles for Gambling (PDF 1000 KB).

 

Licensing objectives

The Gambling Act 2005 requires that Premises Licences granted must be reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives which are:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder, or being used to support crime
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Any conditions applied to a licence will seek to promote these objectives.

If you wish to make a relevant representation or call for a review of a licence you should indicate which of the objectives it relates to.

 

Premises licence application

Use these forms to apply for a gambling premises licence.

 

Gambling Consultations

London Borough of Redbridge Council is responsible for licensing gambling under the Gambling Act 2005. Every three years we must publish a statement of principles showing how we will regulate gambling under the Act. We have overhauled our current statement ready for January 2019 – and invite comments on this proposal.

This is just the first stage in the council’s gambling consultation. We are committed to reviewing our future approach to gambling, and engaging fully with local residents, businesses, gambling operators, responsible authorities and other stakeholders. This wider consultation will begin on 22 October 2018 closing on 21 December 2019.

For more details and how to respond see the documents below.

 

Adult gaming centre premises licence fees

  • new £2,000
  • annual fee £1,000
  • variation £1,000
  • transfer £1,200
  • reinstatement £1,200
  • provisional statement £2,000
  • application by provisional statement holder £1,200
  • copy licence £25
  • notification of change £50

 

Betting premises (non track) licence fees

  • new £3,000
  • annual fee £600
  • variation £1,500
  • transfer £1,200
  • reinstatement £1,200
  • provisional statement £3,000
  • application by provisional statement holder £1,200
  • copy licence £25
  • notification of change £50

 

Betting premises (track) licence fees

  • new £2,500
  • annual fee £1,000
  • variation £1,250
  • transfer £950
  • reinstatement £950
  • provisional statement £2,500
  • application by provisional statement holder £950
  • copy licence £25
  • notification of change £50

 

Bingo club premises licence fees

  • new £3,500
  • annual fee £1,000
  • variation £1,750
  • transfer £1,200
  • reinstatement £1,200
  • provisional statement £3,500
  • application by provisional statement holder £1,200
  • copy licence £25
  • notification of change £50

 

Family entertainment centre premises licence fees

  • new £2,000
  • annual fee £750
  • variation £1,000
  • transfer £950
  • reinstatement £950
  • provisional statement £2,000
  • application by provisional statement holder £950
  • copy licence £25
  • notification of change £50

 

Unlicensed family entertainment centre gaming machine permit fees

  • new application £300
  • renewal application £300
  • change of name £25
  • copy of permit £15

 

Prize gaming permit fees

  •  or change of name of existing company, cannot be used to transfer) £25
  • copy of permit £15
  • new application £300
  • renewal application £300
  • change of name £25
  • copy of permit £15

 

Alcohol licensed premises gaming fees

  • notification of 2 or less gaming machines (please note a new notification is required if the alcohol licence is transferred to another person or company) £50
  • new permit application (required where more than 2 machines provided) £150
  • annual fee (permits only) £50
  • change of name
  • variation (permits only) £100
  • transfer (permits (only) £25

 

Club gaming and gaming machine permits

Applications should be directed to our Licensing Authority.

Club gaming machine permit application (PDF 310KB)

  • annual fee £50
  • renewal fee £200
  • copy of permit £15
  • variation £100

 

Provisional statement

These forms relate to an application for a provisional statement.

 

Small Society Lottery

If you’re a society, club or charity with a head office in Redbridge and you intend to raise funds by selling tickets to the general public in advance of any type of draw (raffles, lotteries, tombolas, etc), then you will need to register with us.

To register you will need to read the small society lotteries guidance and criteria (PDF 185KB) , then download the small society lottery application form (PDF254KB), small society lottery return form (PDF 734KB).  Complete and return the forms to us with the relevant fee. The fee for a new registration is £40 and annual renewal is £20.

 

Poker

Poker in pubs

There is a maximum value to both the amount that can be staked and the prize that can be offered when poker is played in pubs.

  • the maximum stake per player is £5 per game.  The combined stakes for your pub may not exceed £100 per day
  • the maximum prize you can offer is £100 per game. This includes money, payment in kind, vouchers, goods, donated items, goodie bags, buy-ins at other poker tournaments and any other item that has a value
  • you cannot charge a fee for participation.  This includes, for example, making players pay for a compulsory meal
  • whether the change is said to be voluntary or compulsory is irrelevant 
  • you may not link your poker game to games at other premises

The Gambling Commission has issued a Code of Practice for Poker in Pubs which explains in detail what pubs are required to do in order to hold poker.

The pub's Designated Premises Supervisor is responsible for ensuring compliance and keeping the records outlined in the Code of Practice.

If you fail to comply with the limits on stakes and prizes and the Code of Practice, the Licensing Authority may remove the exemption for alcohol licensed premises that allows you to provide poker in your pub.

There are different rules for providing poker in members clubs depending on whether the club is a commercial club (i.e. run as a business to make money) or whether it is a members club that is run on a 'not for profit' basis.  Not for profit clubs return any money made to their members, for example by way of a subsidised bar facility.

 

Poker in clubs

Members clubs

  • members clubs can obtain a Club Gaming Permit from the Council.   This permit will allow poker with unlimited stakes and prizes to be held on the premises.  A maximum participation fee of £3 a day can be charged
  • there are important tests to determine whether premises are operating as genuine members clubs.  If you offer poker or other gambling as the primary activity of the club (except for bridge and whist clubs) or if you offer poker on a commercial basis you would not be considered a bona fide members club.  In such cases you may have your Club Premises Certificate (which allows members clubs to sell alcohol) revoked
  • you may not deduct any money from stakes or winnings and you cannot charge a fee to anyone for playing poker except the maximum £3 fee described above

Commercial Clubs

  • the maximum stake per player is £10 per game.  The combined stakes for your premises must not exceed £250 a day up to a maximum of £1,000 per week.  The maximum prize you can offer is £250 per game
  • if you don't have a Club Machine Permit, you can charge a maximum participation fee of £1 per person per day.  If you do have a Club Machine Permit, you can charge a maximum participation fee of £3 per player per day
  • you cannot increase the participation fee by requiring any form of 'voluntary' donation

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