The Gambling Act 2005 provides two separate methods by which occasional betting activities or temporary gambling facilities can be authorised in locations which do not have the appropriate gambling premises licence.

These are Occasional Use Notices and Temporary Use Notices.

Southampton City Council is the licensing authority for these matters within the city.

Give a Temporary Use Notice - Section 214

The fee is £450 for a temporary use notice and £45 for the issue of a copy of the endorsed notice.

A Temporary Use Notice (TUN) can allow the use of premises for gambling where there is no premises licence in force.

The provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 (Temporary Use Notices) Regulations 2007 restrict the activities authorised under temporary use notices to the provision of facilities for equal chance gaming, where the gaming is intended to produce a single overall winner.

A Temporary Use Notice must be given to the licensing authority at least three months prior to the date when the notice is to have effect. A copy of the notice must also be given to the following responsible authorities:

  • The police for the area where the premises are situated
  • The Gambling Commission
  • H.M. Revenue and Customs

A notice must be given to the licensing authority by the holder of operator’s licence. Copies of the notice must be sent to the Gambling Commission, the police and H.M. Commissioners for Revenue and Customs.

Suitable venues for a Temporary Use Notice might include hotels, conference centres, and sporting venues A temporary use notice may only be given by a person or company holding a relevant operating licence issued by the Gambling Commission. The gambling activities must fall within the activities which the operator is authorised to provide under their operating licence. The same set of premises may not be the subject of a temporary use notice for more than 21 days in any twelve month period, but may be the subject of several notices, provided that the total does not exceed 21 days.

Should this period be exceeded, the licensing authority will issue a counter notice that has the effect of stopping the temporary use notice coming into effect. Failure to comply with the counter notice is an offence.

Data Protection

Please note that the licensing authority may be required by law to disclose to the appropriate authorities, from time to time, further information relating to applications and licences for the purposes of law enforcement and the prevention of fraud.

Temporary Use Notice documents

The Gambling Act 2005 provides two separate methods by which occasional betting activities or temporary gambling facilities can be authorised in locations which do not have the appropriate gambling premises licence. The forms for Temporary Use Notices are below - forms for occasional use notices are on the occasional use notices page.

Southampton City Council is the licensing authority for these matters within the city.

Document Type Size
Gambling Act 2005 Feespdf336KB
Temporary Use Notice - premisesdocx32KB
Temporary Use Notice - vesseldocx35KB