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North Dorset gambling licences

Under the Gambling Act 2005 local authorities, licence and permit holders and other agencies must all work to promote the three gambling licensing objectives which are:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime and 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

The Statement of Principles sets out how we deal with licence applications.

We are responsible for:

  • issuing premises licences for the provision of gambling activities

  • issuing permits for unlicensed family entertainment centres, club gaming, club machines, licensed premises machines and prize gaming

  • issuing of provisional statements

  • receiving and endorsing Temporary Use Notices (TUNs)

  • receiving Occasional Use Notices (OUNs)

  • registering a small society to carry out lotteries

Apply for a gambling permit

If you want to have gaming machines on your premises you will have to get a permit or serve a notice on us. There are 5 types of permits and one notification:

Unlicensed family entertainment centre gaming machine permit

If you run an unlicensed family entertainment centre you can apply for a permit to have an unlimited number of category D machines.

Complete the application form and return it to us by email or post:

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Club machine permits and gaming permits

If you run a social club or miner's welfare institutions you can apply for either a club machine permit to have up to 3 machines of B3A, B4, C or D gaming machines.

If you want to include prize gaming you can apply for a gaming permit.

Application forms can be sent to us by email or post.

Alcohol licensed premises

Where a premises licence has been issued  'wholly or mainly for the sales or consumption of alcohol' a premises licence holder can be authorised to have 1 or 2 machines of category C or D.

Complete the notification form to notify us of their intention to have these machines.

If a premises licence holder wants to have more than two machines of category C or D, you'll need to apply for a gaming machine permit.

Application forms can be sent to us by email or post.

Prize gaming permit

You can apply for a prize gaming permit to authorise the provision of facilities for gaming with prizes on specified premises.

Complete the application form and return it to us by email or post:

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Cost and payment

View the gambling permit fees. Some permits may also have an annual fee. 

Payment can be sent by cheque, BACsor paid by card over the phone by calling 01258 484387.

Apply for a temporary use notice (TUN)

A TUN allows the use of a premises for gambling where there is no premises licence in force and a holder of a gambling operator's licence wishes to use the premises temporarily for providing facilities for gambling.

The only activities permitted under a TUN are the provision of facilities for any form of equal chance gaming where those participating in the gaming are taking part in a competition which is intended to produce a single overall winner. This does not include providing such facilities in circumstances where any person participating in the gaming does so by means of a gaming machine.

How to apply

Complete the application form and return it to us by email or post:

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Forms must be received at least 3 months and 1 day before the day of the gambling event.

Copies of the notice must be sent to the responsible authorities (Gambling Commission, Dorset Police and HM Revenue and Customs) within 7 days of the date of the notice.

Cost and payment

A TUN costs £250.

The fee may be sent by cheque, paid by BACsor paid by card over the phone by calling 01258 484022 during normal office hours.

After you've applied

The licensing authority and the responsible authorities are permitted to make objections in relation to a TUN. Objections must be made within 14 days of the date of the notice, a hearing will then be held to determine the Notice.

If no objections are received, the event can proceed as applied for. A copy of the notice must then be displayed on the premises for the duration of the event.

The same set of premises may not be the subject of a TUN for more than 21 days in any 12 month period but may be the subject of several Notices provided that the total does not exceed 21 days.

Should this period be exceeded we will issue a counter-notice that has the effect of stopping the TUN coming into effect; failure to comply with the counter-notice will be an offence.

Apply for an ocassional use notice (OUN)

An OUN allows licensed betting operators to use tracks for short periods for conducting betting. There is not cost for an OUN.

The notice must:

  • be served by a person who is responsible for the administration of events on the track or by an occupier of the track
  • only be used for 8 days or less in a year (the event can be on consecutive days as long as the limit of 8 days in a year is not exceeded)
  • be served on the local authority and copied to the chief officer of police for the area in which the track is located
  • specify the day on which it has effect

Complete the application form and return it to us by email or post:

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Read the guidance for using our online application.

Counter-notices or objections can't be submitted as long as the notice doesn't result in betting facilities being available for more than 8 days in a year.

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