Gambling premises licence

If you own or run a premises that is used for betting, gaming and other types of gambling, you need a licence from the council.

The council is the licensing authority.
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Revised Gambling Policy 2019 - 22

Introduction from the Chair of the Licensing Committee

This is the fifth edition of Newham’s Gambling Licensing Policy since the Council took over the issuing of gambling licences in 2007.
In this latest edition we see the introduction of local area risk assessments and our local area profile, following the amendments to the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice by the Gambling Commission since our last policy came into force in 2016.
We have set out our expectations of how gambling operators address the local risks specific to their individual premises within the Borough, and over the preceding period we will be working with the trade to ensure that those risks are mitigated wherever possible.
Our Gambling Licensing Policy also complements the Council’s long-running and successful campaign to reduce the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT’s) from £100 to £2, which we hope will have a positive effect on the number of our residents who suffer from gambling-related problems.

I trust that you will find the policy reinforces our commitment to make Newham a pleasant and safe borough to live and work in, as we continue to work with our partners, such as the Police and the Gambling Commission to ensure that gambling is fair and open, kept free from crime and protects those who are underage or vulnerable from being harmed.
Councillor Neil Wilson

Our gambling licensing policy sets out how we will deal with applications for gambling licences.
You can also find copies of the policy at:

Local Area Profile

The Local Area Profile contains relevant information that can assist gambling premises operators to assess the local risks specific to their individual premises.
If you need any assistance regarding the Local Area Profile, or in completing your premises specific risk assessment then please contact the Licensing Team by email​ or by telephoning 0208 430 2000.


Types of gambling licence available from the council

You can get the following types of licence from us: 
  • bingo
  • adult gaming centre
  • family entertainment centre
  • betting (betting shops or track betting).
For more information about types of licence, go to the Gambling Commission website.

Applying for a gambling licence

    ​You can only apply for a gambling premises licence if you are a person or an organisation which holds, or has applied to the Gambling Commission for, an operators licence.
    To apply, download an application form and send it to us at the above address with the premises plans and the application fee.
    There are strict rules about how to apply for a licence. If you don’t follow these rules, the application could be invalid. You can find the rules on the Government’s Legislation website.
    You must give notice of your application to the responsible authorities.

    Gambling premises licence fees

    There are set licence fees for different gambling premises. You can see these fees on the Gambling premises licence fees page.
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