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Gambling licensing

From 1 September 2007 the Gambling Act 2005 replaced the previous regime for the regulation of gambling. Before this date, gambling had been regulated by the following legislation:

  • The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963
  • The Gaming Act 1968
  • The Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976

In exercising most of its functions in relation to premises licences, temporary use notices and some permits under the 2005 Act, the city council must have regard to the licensing objectives set out in section 1 of the Act.

The licensing objectives 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; and
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

Set out below is a summary of the main subject areas for which the city council is licensing authority under the Gambling Act 2005. Please note that the Act requires anyone applying for a premises licence to hold a Gambling Operator’s licence from the Gambling Commission for that activity. Please see the related links section below for information about this from the Gambling Commission.


Information about the process for reviews of gambling premises licences and any pending reviews appears on the reviews page.

Fees under the Gambling Act 2005

The city council first set the fees for applications under the Gambling Act 2005 in April 2007 and has subsequently reviewed them - a summary is available below.

Gambling Act 2005 - Statement of Principles

The Gambling Act 2005 requires the city council to prepare and publish a "Statement of Principles", every three years from 31 January 2007. A revised statement for the period 1 January 2013 to 1 January 2016 was approved by full council on 14 November 2012, published on 15 November 2012 and is available on the Gambling Statement of Principles page.

Proposed Large Casino

The Government has confirmed the city council's power to grant a new large casino licence in Southampton. Information about this is contained on the Large Casino page.

Contacting the Licensing Team

If you need to contact us by email, 'phone or post, please do so using the details below.

Opening hourslink to interactive parking map

Members of the Licensing Team are normally available on weekdays at the Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LY from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00 to assist personal callers. We may be available at other times by prior appointment.

Gambling licensing information

1. Gambling Premises Licences

These types of gambling activity must be authorised by a premises licence - please see the menu on the left for further information:

  • Casinos
  • Bingo Clubs
  • Betting Offices
  • Adult Gaming Centres
  • Licensed Family Entertainment Centres

2. Gaming Permits

These types of gambling activity must be authorised by a permit - please see the menu on the left for further information:
  • Gaming and gaming machines in members' clubs
  • Gaming and gaming machines in pubs and other alcohol licensed premises
  • Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres

3. Temporary or Occasional Use Notices

Where premises are to be used occasionally or temporarily for some of the licensable activities, a Temporary Use Notice or an Occasional Use Notice must be given to the licensing authority. For further information, please see the menu on the left.

4. Lottery Registrations

Small lotteries, where the proceeds of a single lottery do not exceed £20,000, the total proceeds of all lotteries run in the same calendar year do not exceed £250,000, or where the opportunity to participate is restricted members of a group or to people attending a non-commercial event to are regulated separately - please please see the menu on the left for more information.

5. Remote Gambling

Remote gambling, often via the Internet, has become popular in the last few years. If this type of gambling is based in the UK, it is still covered by UK law, but much more remote gambling is based abroad in countries where the requirements for fairness, probity and the exclusion of crime from the business may not be so stringent, if they exist at all.

However, the advertisement of such gambling opportunities is regulated by the Gambling Act 2005, and further information can be obtained from the Gambling Commission via their web site.

Downloadable documents

Icon Name of file Size Download time
PDF document GA05 - Licensing Fees 303 KB 1secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document GA05 - Guidance - Responsible Authorities 33 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Licensing Enforcement Policy 67 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
Link to download Adobe Acrobat if required

Contact information

  • 023 8083 3002 (option 4)
  • Licensing Team, Southampton and Eastleigh Licensing Partnership, PO Box 1767, Southampton SO18 9LA