Can you offer track betting facilities, how to apply and pay for a licence, what an occasional notice is. How to renew, transfer and surrender a licence. What to do if your licence is lost or stolen, who regulates track betting and what happens if you don't apply for a licence.
Before a company or person can offer track facilities for a sporting event they must have the appropriate permission issued under the terms of the Gambling Act 2005.
Tracks are betting facilities on a sporting event and include:
The permissions available for providing track betting facilities under the Gambling Act 2005 are:
The applicant will need to apply for an operating licence from the Gambling Commission before they apply.
Depending on the size of your business you may also need to apply for personal licences.
The Gambling Commission (external website) can provide more information on how to obtain the required licences.
You can submit an application to the licensing team for either a provisional statement or a premises licence.
An application for a provisional statement should be made if the premises still needs to be built, needs major alterations or the applicant does not yet have the right to occupy it. A provisional statement is not the same as a premises licence but will offer a degree of certainty to the applicant when they come to apply for a premises licence.
Apply for a provisional statement online
A premise licence application should be made if the applicant has the right to occupy the premises and has a valid operating licence from the Gambling Commission that allows them to run an arcade as a business.
Apply for a premise licence online
Before applying for a race track licence please read the statement of licensing policy.
Gambling Act 2005 statement of licensing policy (word 2.7mb opens in a new window)
To apply for a premises licence or a provisional statement you must complete the application and submit it to the licensing team along with the required fee.
Gambling act 2005 Fee list (word 74kb opens in a new window)
Premise Licence Application (pdf 24kb opens in a new window)
Provisional Statement Application (pdf 25kb opens in a new window)
The following supporting documents also need to be submitted along with the application
Guidance on premises licence applications (including plans) (pdf 131kb opens in a new window)
There are two different types of conditions which are attached to a premises licence.
These are attached to certain classes of premise licence automatically and the council has no discretion to change, exclude or substitute these.
These are conditions which will be attached to a premises licence automatically unless the applicant states on the application that they wish to exclude or alter a default conditions.
Applications can be submitted by post to:
The Licensing Team East Riding of Yorkshire Council County Hall Cross Street Beverley HU17 9BA
or via one of the customer service centres. Please use our customer service centre finder to locate your nearest centre.
The applicant must also give notice of their application for a premises licence to the following authorities:
Notice of premises licence application to responsible authorities Form A (pdf 16kb opens in a new window)
Notice of application for a premises licence to responsible authorities Form B (pdf 12kb opens in a new window)
Form of Notice Provisional statement Form A (pdf 10kb opens in a new window)
Notice of application for a provisional statement Form B (pdf 12kb opens in a new window)
Responsible Authorities Contact details (pdf 95kb opens in a new window)
The applicant must also advertise the application once in a local newspaper or newsletter within 10 working days of submitting the application to the licensing team and by posting a notice in a convenient place outside the premises for a period of 28 days.
Notice Newspaper and Public Premises Licence (pdf 13kb opens in a new window)
Representations may be made against the application in order to be considered valid objections must be based on one of the three licensing objectives. These are:
If a relevant objection is received to an application a sub-committee will be arranged to determine the application. The licensing sub-committee will be made up of three councillors. The applicant will be notified not more than 10 working days before the date of the hearing and sent a report with copies of the representations that have been received against the application. Guidance will also be given on the format of the hearing. The sub-committee may make the following outcomes as a result of the hearing:
If the applicant is unhappy with the decision made by the sub-committee they have the right of appeal to the magistrates’ court. Information on how to appeal will be included in the decision letter.
When the licence is granted the applicant will be sent the licence and summary in the post. The summary must go on display on a prominent position on the premises.
The premises licence holder must pay the first annual fee within 30 days of the grant of the licence and then an annual fee on or before the anniversary of the grant date each year. If an annual fee is not paid the licence will lapse.
The licence would also lapse if any of the following circumstances occur:
It is the responsibility of the premises licence holder to ensure that the licence is run in line with the Gambling Act 2005 regulations.
Applicants who have applied for a provisional statement will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application. A grant application for a premises licence must be submitted once they have the right to occupy the premises or the building has been completed. The licensing authority will not accept any representations to the application unless they address matters that could not have been addressed in the application for a provisional statement or they reflect a change in the applicant’s circumstances.
Occasional use notices are for use on tracks for short periods of betting at events that are temporary or infrequent. These notices can only be used for 8 consecutive days or less in a calendar year.
Applications can be made by the person who is responsible for administration of events or by an occupier of the track.
In order to apply you must complete the application form and submit one copy to the licensing team and one copy to the chief officer of the police.
There is no fee for this application and no time limit for the application to be served by. There is also no provision for counter notices or objections to be made provided that the notice does not last more than 8 consecutive days.
Apply online for an occasional use notice
Occasional Use Notice Application form (pdf 41kb opens in a new window)
The completed application form for the police can be sent either by:
The holder of a premises licence can apply to the local authority to vary the licence by:
A premises licence can not be varied to relate to a premises that it did not previously relate.
To vary the premises licence an application must be submitted to the licensing team along with a plan of the premises if applicable and the fee.
The applicant must also give notice of their application to vary a premises licence to the following authorities; Gambling Commission, HMRC, Police Chief, Fire and Rescue, Environmental Health Department, Local Licensing Authority, Child Protection Service.
Responsible Authorities Contact details (pdf 95kb opens in a new window)
Notice Newspaper and Public Premises Licence (pdf 13kb opens in a new window)
If a relevant objection is received to an application a sub-committee will be arranged to determine the application. The licensing sub-committee will be made up of 3 councillors. The applicant will be notified not more than 10 working days before the date of the hearing and sent a report with copies of the representations that have been received against the application. Guidance will also be given on the format of the hearing. The sub-committee may make the following outcomes as a result of the hearing:
When the licence is granted the applicant will be sent an amended licence and summary in the post. The summary must go on display in a prominent position on the premises.
You can submit a cheque made payable to East Riding of Yorkshire Council with your application form and supporting documentation, or alternatively you can pay using a credit/debit card on (01482) 396297.
You can also visit any customer service centre located across the East Riding, were you can submit your application fee and payment together.
If applying for a bingo premises licence you may also need to speak to the Planning department.
These premises must pay an annual fee on or before 30 days after the grant date and then annually on the anniversary of the grant date. If the annual fee is not paid then the licence will automatically lapse.
An annual fee can be paid by any one of the following methods:
Pay your Gambling Act annual fee online
The licence will not lapse unless any of the following circumstances occur:
When the control of an existing licensed gambling premise is to change to a different operator, it is necessary to apply to the licensing authority to transfer the licence. Please note permits cannot be transferred.
Before a transfer application can be made an application for the relevant operators licence and personal licences must be made to the Gambling Commission. A premise licence can not be issued before the appropriate licences have been granted by the Gambling Commission (external website).
To apply to transfer a premises licence the applicant must complete the form below:
Apply online to transfer a Gambling Act premise licence.
Application to transfer a premises licence form (pdf 42kb opens in new window)
and submit it to the licensing team along with
Transfer consent form (pdf 50kb opens in a new window)
Gambling Act 2005 fee list (word 74kb opens in new window)
Question 17 on the application form allows the applicant to request that they are treated as if they were the licence-holder during the application period. This will allow an established premise to continue operating under the authority of the premises licence while the application is considered. However, the use of this provision does not exempt the applicant from any other requirement under the Act, such as the need to hold a valid operating licence. The effect of this section will commence when the application is received
East Riding Of Yorkshire Council County Hall Cross Street Beverley East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BA
Or via one of the customer service centres. Please use our customer service centre finder to locate your nearest centre.
The applicant must give notice of the transfer application to the following responsible authorities:
The notice must be done on the prescribed form. Form A should be used if an Individual of company is making the application. Form B should be used if more than one individual or company is making the application.
Representations from any of these responsible authorities will be accepted during the period of 28 days starting from when the application has been made. If valid representations are received then a licensing sub-committee will be organised to determine the application.
If your permit or licence has been lost stolen or damaged you must contact the licensing team with a statement of the reason and pay £25 for a replacement, be one of the following ways:
Payment can be made by credit or debit or debit card by phone at (01482) 396297 or via a cashiers at one of the local customer service centres.
Please use our customer service centre finder to locate your nearest centre.
To surrender your track premises licence, you will need to return your licence and licence summary or a letter detailing why these documents cannot be returned to the licensing team at:
East Riding Of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BA
The Gambling Act 2005 Regulates gaming in the following situations; arcades, bingo, betting, gaming machines, lotteries, race tracks, gaming, casinos and UK based remote gambling. It does not regulate the National Lottery.
The Gambling Act 2005 has 3 objectives these are:
The following organisations are responsible for the day to day regulating the Gambling Act 2005:
The Gambling Commission (external website) can provide more information on their powers.
The Gambling Act covers two main activities:
In either case, you must hold the appropriate permission. Permission may come from a licence, permit, or registration granted according to the Act, or from an exemption given by the Act.
The Licensing Team keep a register of all the permits and licences that have been issued for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council area. These can be viewed in our public registers.
If you want to report a suspicious gambling activity or make a complaint you can contact the licensing team. Please provide us with as much information as possible so that we can investigate the complaint by:
Telephone: (01482) 396297
You may also want to report the issue to the Gambling Commission (External website)
There are a number of offences under the Gambling Act 2005.
All enforcement action carried out by the licensing team is done in line with the council’s enforcement policy.
Gambling Act 2005 statement to licensing policy (word 2.68MB, opens in new window)
The licensing Team carry out regular programmed and un-programmed inspections to ensure that gambling activities are being carried out in line with the Gambling Act 2005 regulations.
An application can be made for the review of a premises licence by any of the responsible authorities or an interested party. The licensing authority may also carry out a review of a premise on its own initiative.
The licensing authority will decide whether the review will be carried out, this decision will be made on the basis of whether the request for a review is relevant to the following:
Requests for reviews will not be considered where:
The application for a review must be made using the application form and specify the grounds for which the review is sought. Notice of the application must be served by the applicant on the licence holder and each of the responsible authorities. The local authority must also publish notice of the application. A responsible authority or interested party will have 28 days to make representations about the application.
Application for review of a premises licence (pdf 15kb opens in a new window)
Notice of a review (pdf 16kb opens in a new window)
Where the application for a review is successful a licensing sub-committee will be organised and all interested parties will be invited. As a result of the review the sub- committee can make the following decisions:
On the completion of a review the licensing authority must give notice of the decision and the reason for the decision to all interested parties.
The holder of the premises licence has the right to appeal the decision of a review to the magistrates' court.
It is an offence under The Gambling Act 2005 to operate a gambling premises without the correct licence or permit in force.
The Licensing Authority, may prosecute you if you operate unlawfully in accordance with our Gambling Act 2005 licensing policy.