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Gambling Act 2005

Gambling Licenses

The Gambling Act 2005 regulates all forms of gambling in Great Britain.

There are three licensing objectives which underpin the Gambling Act, these objectives are:

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with 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 three types of licences issued under the Gambling Act 2005 are:


  • Operating Licence required by businesses who intend to provide facilities for gambling - granted by the Gambling Commission.
  • Personal Licence required by some people involved with gambling operations in either management or operational functions - granted by the Gambling Commission.
  • Premises Licence required from the local licensing authority to run a premises based gambling business.


A premises licence is required for any of the following types of premises:


Bingo hall

Betting shop/ Bookmakers

Betting (track) - sporting venues not just tracks

Family entertainment centre (FEC)

Adult gaming centre (AGC)


Please refer to Pembrokeshire County Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy for Gambling before you apply.


The Licensing Authority's main functions are:

  • To issue premises licences for Casinos, Betting Offices/Shops and Race Tracks, Bingo Clubs, Adult Gaming Centres, and Family Entertainment Centres.
  • To grant permits for gaming machines in members' clubs and licensed premises, prize gaming and unlicensed family entertainment centres (uFEC).
  • To authorise the temporary use of premises for gambling
  • To register Small Society Lotteries.

Further information on the Gambling Act 2005 is available on the following websites:

In addition, the full Explanatory Note, which accompanies the Gambling Act 2005, can be read by clicking on the following link: -


Licensing Team

Public Protection Division

Pembrokeshire County Council
County Hall
SA61 1TP

01437 764551

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Gambling Application Forms

Lottery Registration

Lotteries are sometimes referred to as raffles, totes, draws, and tombolas. They are a means for societies and other qualifying organisations to raise funds. 

In order to conduct a lottery, Societies must register with the Council where their principal office is located. We can only register Societies established for one or more of the following purposes:

  • for charitable purposes
  • for the purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity
  • for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.

However, if the value of all tickets sold exceeds £20,000 for a single draw, or for the whole calendar year exceed £250,000 the society must register with the Gambling Commission.

Apply for a Licence

You are advised to read the relevant guidance and policy documents and contact the Licensing Department with any queries prior to completing an application.

You will need to provide the following items:   

Lottery Returns

Registered societies are required to submit a completed Lottery Return for each individual lottery. The return must be submitted within three months of the date of the draw.

Renewing your licence

An annual permit renewal fee is £20. An invoice will be sent to the registered promoter for the annual fee and must be paid in the two months prior to the anniversary. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the registration. The fee can be paid by sending a cheque to the Licensing Department for the correct amount, made payable to 'Pembrokeshire County Council'.





The forms to apply for a premises licence are below. You will also find the forms to be used to give notice of your application to Responsible Authorities and to the public. You must give notice to the public outside the premises and in a local newspaper. Please consult the regulations for further details.


All forms should be sent to the Licensing Team with the appropriate fee.

As a public body, we are under a duty to protect the public funds that we administer, and to this end may use  the information you have provided on this form for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administrating public funds for these purposes.


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Gambling Policy 2019


Pembrokeshire County Council has issued a Statement of Licensing Policy under the Gambling Act 2005. 

Statement of Licensing Policy - Gambling Act 2005 January 2019

The statement covers how we plan to promote the licensing objectives for the Gambling Act 2005 as well as what we expect from licensed premises.

For further information on the Statement or the Gambling Act 2005, contact the Licensing Team on 01437 764551 or email


Changes to policy 

The Local Authority's revised Statement of Gambling Policy 2019 was approved at a meeting of the Council on 20th December 2018 and will come into effect on 31st January 2019.



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