Gambling licences

Gambling Act policy update - Statement of Principles 2022

The Gambling Act 2005 requires Licensing Authorities to publish a Licensing Policy which outlines how the Authority intends to deal with applications etc under the Act.

Sheffield City Council will publish their revised “Statement of Principles (Policy)” under the Gambling Act 2005 on 16 December 2021; this will supersede all previous Statements of Principles for this Authority under the Act.

The revised Statement of Principles (Policy) will come into effect on 14 January 2022.

You can download the statement here or copies of the statement are available for inspection during normal office hours at The Licensing Service, Place Portfolio, Block C, Staniforth Road Depot, Staniforth Road, Sheffield, S9 3HD. 

Enquiries to The Licensing Service via email to or call 0114 273 4264.

We accept applications under the Gambling Act 2005 from amusement arcades, casinos, bookmakers, tracks and sporting sites, bingo halls and pubs/clubs wanting to have gaming machines.

The Act puts in place an improved, more comprehensive structure of gambling regulation and creates a new independent regulatory body, the Gambling Commission.

Should you need any further information, please contact us or seek your own legal advice.

Operators are advised to review the information provided by the Safeguarding Children Board around safeguarding awareness training resource for people working in gambling environments, to help them recognise and report when a child or vulnerable person may be at risk of harm.

Role of the Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commission issues operating licences to providers of gambling and personal licences.

It will cover most of the main forms of commercial gambling, including casinos, bingo, betting, gaming machines, pool betting and the larger charity lotteries.

It will licence providers that operate premises and those that offer gambling through ‘remote’ technologies, like the Internet and mobile telephones. The Commission does not license or regulate either the National Lottery or spread betting.

Gambling operators will require an operating licence and any relevant personal licences from the Gambling Commission, they can then get a premises licence from the relevant licensing authority. Decisions by both bodies must be made in accordance with the three licensing objectives.

Licensing objectives

The rationale for the regulation of gambling is set out in the Act’s 3 licensing objectives. The licensing objectives explain what is sought through the statutory control of gambling.

They also provide the standard by which licensees and others can judge the proportionality and effectiveness of regulatory action.

The objectives are:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling
Activities and type of premises covered by the Act

The Gambling Act 2005 covers all premises that allow commercial gambling.

This includes:

  • bookmakers
  • horse tracks
  • dog tracks
  • casinos
  • amusement arcades
  • pubs and bars that have gaming machines

If you operate one of these premises, please contact us for help or seek your own legal advice.

Licences and permits issued by us

We will issue premises licences for:

  • casinos
  • betting premises – as well as betting shops this also includes those parts of tracks that allow on-course betting
  • bingo clubs
  • adult gaming centres – excludes entry to children
  • family entertainment centres (licensed)
  • race tracks – including horse and dog tracks

We issue permits for:

  • gaming machines in members’ clubs and licensed premises
  • gaming in members’ clubs
  • prize gaming
  • unlicensed family entertainment centres

We also endorse Temporary Use Notices and issue Provisional Statements.

Gambling Act fees

The Gambling Act allows licensing authorities to set their own fees for premises licences, subject to maximum levels that have been specified by central government.

The relevant fee must be sent with each application. Failure to include the fee will make the application invalid.

Application fees are not refundable if the application is withdrawn or unsuccessful.

A first annual fee is payable within 30 days of the date of licence issue. We will provide licensees with details of this payment when licences are issued.

A full list of fees is available.

We are part of the European network for delivering information relating to doing business in the European Economic Area.

For full information on the EU Services Directive and Points of Single Contact for other member states, visit the European Commission website.

Contact the Licensing Team

0114 273 4264
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
Block C
Staniforth Road Depot
S9 3HD

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