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.

Gambling Act 2005, Statement of Gambling Policy – Consultation 

The Gambling Act 2005 regulates the provision of gambling in Great Britain, with the exception of the National Lottery and spread betting. The Act makes local authorities responsible for licensing premises that are used for gambling within their area, and to adopt and publish a ‘Statement of Gambling Policy’ at least every three years. The purpose of the policy is to set out the principles the local authority will apply when carrying out its role under the Act.

The London Borough of Newham is currently consulting on its proposed statement of Gambling Policy for the three year period 1st July 2022 to 30th June 2025. There have been no significant changes to the current policy, which is still seen as being robust and fit for purpose. The policy contains principles by which the London Borough of Newham processes gambling licence applications.

This consultation seeks views on the revised policy to ensure that applicants and interested parties are dealt with in a fair and open manner, and have sufficient information via the local area profile to be able to produce robust local area risk assessments.

The policy also seeks to ensure that applications are considered with due regard to safeguarding the quality of life for residents, children and vulnerable adults, by ensuring that residents and others are fully informed about gambling activity in their area and have an opportunity to comment.

You can view and make comments on the revised policy by emailing:

Comments or questions can also be sent by post to:
Licensing Team, Grassroots Centre, Memorial Avenue, E15 3DB

All comments are to be received by 1 April 2022.

LBN Gambling Policy 2022 Review (PDF)

Revised Gambling Policy 2019 - 22

Introduction from the Chair of the Licensing Committee

The new policy came into effect on 1 July 2019

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 minimise those risks 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

​Gambling Licensing Policy 2019 (PDF) 

Gambling Vulnerability Index Newham Report (PDF) 

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.

View the interactive map​ 

If you need any assistance regarding the Local Area Profile, or in completing your premises specific risk assessment then please contact the Licensing Team.