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Gambling Policy, Guidance & Fees

We are the licensing authority for lotteries, premises with gaming machines, betting shops, bingo and casinos in East Herts.

We are required to prepare, adopt and publish a "Statement of Principles". The Statement of Principles sets out the council's approach to the various types of applications and the information it expects applicants to provide.

The Statement of Principles will guide the administration of licensing under the Gambling Act 2005 and will assist in ensuring that an appropriate balance is drawn between the interests of those wishing to provide and take part in legal gambling, and those who might be affected by such activities. The council will continue to work with the Police, licence holders, and other agencies to achieve this objective.

There are three objectives:

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or 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.

This statement must be reviewed and published at least every three years, ours came in to effect on 31 January 2016.

Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commission was set up under the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate commercial gambling in Great Britain in partnership with licensing authorities. The Gambling Commission website is a useful source of information both for the public and businesses involved in gambling.

Gambling Fees & Charges

ItemCost in £ exc. VATCost in £ inc. VAT
Bingo Premises Licence2,953.70n/a
Bingo Premises Variation1,477.13n/a
Bingo Premises Transfer1,012.70n/a
Bingo Premises Annual Fee843.92n/a
Adult Gaming Centre Premises Licence1,707.20n/a
Adult Gaming Centre Premises Variation843.92n/a
Adult Gaming Centre Premises Transfer992.20n/a
Adult Gaming Centre Premises Annual Fee843.92n/a
Betting Premises (Track) Licence2,110.34n/a
Betting Premises (Track) Variation1,055.73n/a
Betting Premises (Track) Transfer802n/a
Betting Premises (Track) Annual Fee843.92n/a
Betting Premises (Other) Licence2,537.26n/a
Betting Premises (Other) Variation1,266.43n/a
Betting Premises (Other) Transfer1,012.70n/a
Betting Premises (Other) Annual Fee330.95n/a
Family Enterainment Centre (FEC) Premises Licence1,687.83n/a
Family Enterainment Centre (FEC) Premises Variation843.92n/a
Family Enterainment Centre (FEC) Premises Transfer802n/a
Family Enterainment Centre (FEC) Premises Annual Fee633.21n/a
Temporary Use Notices Fee551.58n/a
Temporary Use Notices Copy27.58n/a
Gaming Machine Permit 10 years (up to 2 machines)50.00n/a
Club Gaming Machine Permit 5 years  (up to 3 machines)100n/a
Club Gaming  Machine Permit - Annual Fee50n/a
Small Lotteries - Set up40.00n/a
Small Lotteries - Statutory fee*20.00n/a

*Fixed by Statute or Regulations


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