Gambling Act 2005
Premises Licence (Gambling)
A premises licence is required where an individual or company proposes to authorise premises to be used for/as:
- a casino
- commercial bingo
- betting premises, including tracks
- adult gaming centres and
- family entertainment centres.
The Council, as licensing authority, are responsible for issuing licences for premises situated within the Ribble Valley area.
Who can apply?
An application for a premises licence may only be made by persons, including companies or partnerships, who:
- have the right to occupy the premises; and
- hold the appropriate Operating Licence from the Gambling Commission.
An applicant for a premises licence must be over the age of 18.
How do I apply?
Applicants are required to submit an application form together with the fee, a plan of the premises and give notice to the responsible authorities and interested parties. Notice must be given in three ways:
- by a notice placed outside the premises for 28 consecutive days in a place where it can be conveniently read
- in a local newspaper i.e. The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, The Lancashire Telegraph or the Longridge News on at least one occasion within 10 days of the application being made
- to all responsible authorities within seven days of the application being made
How will my application be determined?
If there are no representations from either a responsible authority or interested party, then the application can be granted without a hearing. If a relevant representation is made then the application will be determined by the council's licensing sub-committee (unless all parties have agreed this is not necessary).
What form will the licence take?
A premises licence will include the following information:
- the name of the person to whom it is issued
- a home or business address of that person
- the premises to which it relates
- the activities for which it authorises the premises to be used
- any condition attached by the licensing authority
- any default condition excluded by the licensing authority
- include a plan of the premises
- the period (if any) at the end of which the licence will expire
How long will the licence last?
A premises licence, unless granted for a limited time only, remains in force until it:
- is surrendered
- is revoked for failure to pay a fee
- is suspended or revoked following a review
The holder of a premises licence must also pay an annual fee to the licensing authority before each anniversary of the issue of the licence.