Licensing and gambling
A licence from or registration with the council may be needed if you are:
- starting a new business
- making significant changes to your current business or
- starting an unusual hobby
Licences are needed where a high level of safety and hygiene is required, or where activities may have a large impact on the local area. This applies to businesses that are run from a permanent business address, from your home and some mobile services and shops. The business owner must ensure that they have all necessary licences.
All forms and guidance notes relating to licence applications dealt with by the council are available on these web pages. Please use the links below to find details and application forms. In line with EU Services Directive, all licence applications can be made online.
Licensing Act 2003: An outline of the Licensing Act 2003
Important announcements: Changes to the law and new incentives including Sensible on Strength
Animal related applications and information
For all matters relating to animals, click on the relevant link:
- animal boarding/domestic boarding
- dog breeding
- exotic, dangerous or wild animals
- performing animals
- pet shops
- riding establishments
Sex Establishments and Sexual Entertainment Venues: How to apply for a Sex Establishment or Sexual Entertainment Venue licence
Scrap Metal Dealers: For more information and application forms visit this page
For further details and applications forms for Street Trading, Skin Piercing, Lotteries and Raffles, Street Collections, Street Artists (PDF 119KB) and House to House collections, click on the appropriate heading. Download here further application forms (DOC 27KB) that are not related to alcohol licensing or regulated entertainment.
Premises licences for gambling will be in addition to other licensing regimes (e.g. alcohol licensing).
Gambling commission guidance: Further information and advice
Gambling policy consultation
When the Gambling Act 2005 was introduced, local authorities tended to adopt a national template for their Gambling Policy. The Gambling Commission want local authorities to move away from the national template and towards a policy focused on local risks and issues and incorporate the changes introduced in the revised guidance. Operators are now required to do a local risk assessment, which should be informed by the Gambling Policy and a local area profile.
The revised policy is a more detailed document and includes:
- a section on Local Risk Assessment and Local Area profile (Part C paragraph 13)
- details for each type of premises licence issued including a list of good practice control measures and conditions to promote licensing objectives (Part C)
- an updated enforcement section to reflect work done by the licensing team, including test purchasing
The policy sets out matters to consider in carrying out a local risk assessment and also refers to the Local Area Profile (LAP) (XLSX 3.23MB). This section of the policy is Part C paragraph 13.
The council as licensing authority, must consult with you before making the revised statement which will last for 3 years (2016-2019).
You can view the
- current statement of gambling policy (PDF 161KB)
- new draft statement of gambling policy (PDF 1.43MB)
These statements are how we meet the objectives of the Gambling Act:
- keeping crime out of gambling
- ensuring it is fair and open
- protecting children and vulnerable people.
We would be grateful for your comments, any suggested amendments or improvements and your reasons for recommending any changes on the draft statement by 3 July 2016. Please check the contact details for the licensing and gambling team to get in touch.
All licensing authorities are required to publish a three-year gambling policy statement. The current statement of gambling policy 2016 (PDF 161KB) came into effect on the 22 January 2016.
Local Risk Assessments
From 6 April 2016, it is a requirement of the Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP), under Section 10, for licensees to assess the local risks to the licensing objectives posed by the provision of gambling facilities at their premises and have policies, procedures and control measures to mitigate those risks. In making risk assessments, licensees must take into account relevant matters identified in the Gambling Policy.
We have updated our Gambling Policy to include guidance on producing a risk assessment and using the Local Area Profile, including what we would expect as a minimum.
The Local Area Profile (XLSX 3.23MB) is evidence based and maps local risks to the area
Environmental Health Service Standards
See our Environmental Health Service Standards to find out what you can expect from the team.