Gambling

 

You might require a licence under the Gambling Act 2005 if you operate gambling of any kind, including lotteries, gaming machines, prize gaming, casinos, arcades and gambling within pubs or clubs.  The Gambling Act 2005 and its provisions can be viewed at legislation.gov.uk, and you can read our statement of licensing policy under further information, below.

Gambling Licensing Principles 2019-2022  

Our Gambling Policy is now in consultation – any comments should be directed to licensing@arun.gov.uk by 24 August 2018

Draft Statement of Gambling Licensing Principles 2019.docx [docx] 2MB

 

Poker in alcohol licensed premises

 
Clubs and premises with an alcohol licence are permitted to conduct equal chance gaming on their premises and poker is the most popular of these types of gaming.
However there are strict limits in place with regards to both stakes and prizes:
  • The maximum stake per player is £5 per game, and the combined stakes for premises must not exceed £100 per day.
  • The maximum prize is £100 per game.
  • This maximum includes money, payments in-kind, vouchers, goods, donated items, goody-bags, buy-ins at other poker tournaments and other items which have a value.
  • Additionally, you cannot charge a participation fee including, for example, by having entrants pay a compulsory charge for a meal.
  • It is irrelevant whether the charge is said to be voluntary or compulsory. In addition the gaming cannot be linked to gaming in other premises.
The Gambling Commission has also issued a Code of Practice which explains what a pub is required to do in order to be able to offer poker. In a pub the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) is the person responsible for ensuring compliance. The records of poker activity that are required by the Code should be available for inspection.  Further information can be found at www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk
 
Failure to comply in full with the limits on stakes and prizes and the code of practice may lead us to remove the exemption which permits poker in your pub (i.e. avoiding the commission of a criminal offence) under the Gambling Act 2005. As the exemption is ultimately reliant on your alcohol licence it may also result in the council reviewing that licence.
 
Should the exemption be removed, any breach of the Gambling Act by permitting a game of equal chance on premises could result in prosecution.  The penalty for this offence is severe with imprisonment for up to 51 weeks and/or an unlimited fine.

 

Application forms

Standard lottery application.docx [docx] 71KB £40

Supplementary Information form to be completed by each person connected with the promotion of the lottery.doc [doc] 84KB 

Lottery Return Form with notes [doc] 150KB

Application for occasional use of track for purpose of betting.doc [doc] 133KB

Gambling Premises application form.doc [doc] 188KB Please refer to our Fees and Charges document

Application to transfer Gambling Premises Licence.doc [doc] 167KB Please refer to our Fees and Charges document

Application for Gambling Premises Licence for a vessel.doc [doc] 190KB

Application for a provisional statement under the Gambling Act 2005.doc [doc] 183KB Please refer to our Fees and Charges document

Notice to be served by Applicant on interested parties – one Applicant.doc [doc] 47KB

Notice to be served by Applicant on interested parties – two or more Applicants.doc [doc] 61KB

Application for a Prize Gaming Permit.doc [doc] 109KB £300

Application for Gaming Machine Permit application or notification for Premises Licensed to supply alcohol.doc [doc] 112KB £50 (notifications), £200 (permits)

Application for Club and Gaming Permit or a Club Machine Permit.doc [doc] 114KB £200

Application for Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre Gaming Machine Permit.doc [doc] 100KB £300

 

Fees and charges

You can find all relevant fee information on our Fees and Charges document.

 

Responsible authorities

The Licensing Team / Licensing Officer
Environmental Health Department
Arun District Council
Arun Civic Centre
Maltravers Road
Littlehampton
West Sussex
BN17 5LF
Tel: 01903 737755
Licensing@arun.gov.uk
Licensing Homepage

Planning Department
Arun District Council
Arun Civic Centre
Maltravers Road
Littlehampton
West Sussex
BN17 5LF
Tel: 01903 737756
planning@arun.gov.uk

Environmental Health Department / pollution team
Arun District Council
Arun Civic Centre
Maltravers Road
Littlehampton
West Sussex
BN17 5LF
Tel: 01903 737755
pollution@arun.gov.uk

Health and Safety Department
Arun District Council
Arun Civic Centre
Maltravers Road
Littlehampton
West Sussex
BN17 5LF
Tel: 01903 737755
health.safety@arun.gov.uk

The Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham
B2 4BP
info@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

Police Neighbourhood Licensing Team
Sussex Police
Centenary House
Durrington Lane
Worthing
West Sussex
BN13 2PQ
ws_licensing_wor@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Fire Safety Officer - Licensing Applications
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
Centenary House
1st Floor, West Wing, Rm 236 & 245
Durrington Lane
Worthing
West Sussex
BN13 2QB
businessfiresafety@westsussex.gov.uk

HM Revenue & Customs
National Registration Unit
Portcullis House
21 India Street
Glasgow
G2 4PZ

West Sussex County Council - Safeguarding Children Board
Room 12, County Hall
West Street
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 1RQ
01243 642965

 

Further information

Visit the Gambling Commission's website

Visit the Department of Culture, Media and Sport website

Read our Statement of Gambling Licensing Principles 2017 [docx] 1MB

For more information, please contact the Arun District Council licensing team on 01903 737755 or write to the address at the bottom of this page. Email licensing@arun.gov.uk.