Premises Licence (Gambling)

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Licence Summary

To offer gaming (i.e. betting, bingo, casinos, adult gaming centre, family entertainment centre etc) on premises you need to apply for a Premises Licence from the local authority.   

Make an application

How to apply

Apply online

Please download and complete the appropriate application form below:

Regulation Summary

Read a summary of the regulations relating to this licence


  • Regional Casino £11250
  • Large Casino £7500
  • Small casino £6000
  • Bingo £2450
  • Adult Gaming Centre £1400
  • Family Entertainment Centre £1400
  • Betting (track) £1750
  • Betting (other) £2100

Contact Details

Licensing Section at Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RT.

Telephone: 01546 604338 or email:


Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

An application for a premises licence may be made only by a person who-

(a)  Holds an operating licence which authorises them to carry on the activity in respect of which the premises licence is sought, or

(b)  Has made an application, which has not yet been determined, for an operating licence which authorises them to carry on the activity in respect of which the premises licence is sought

An application may be made only by a person who has a right to occupy the premises to which the application relates.


The Application ProcessCompleting your application

Applications must:

  • Contain or be accompanied by the required information or documents
  • Be accompanied by the application fee

You must:

  • Publish notice of your application
  • Give notice of your application to the responsible authorities in relation to the premises (as noted below)
  • Give notice of your application to other persons

The responsible authorities are:

  • Argyll and Bute Council
  • The Planning Authority
  • Environmental Health Authority
  • The Gambling Commission
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Argyll and Bute Child Protection Committee
  • H M Revenue & Customs

Other evidence

Detailed plans of the premises must be submitted with the application form – detailing the layout of the premises, location of each point of entry to and exit from the premises.


AppealsThe Application Process

On considering the application for a premises licence (whether at a hearing or not) a licensing authority shall –

(a)  Grant it, or

(b)  Reject it

The licensing authority shall not determine the application until the operating licence has been issued.

Further Information

For further information on Gambling please refer to Argyll and Bute Council’s Gambling Policy  (pdf 466.65 KB) or the Gambling Commission’s website:

All premises licences issued will be the subject of mandatory conditions.  They will also be subject to Default conditions unless the licensing authority decides to exclude them in terms of Section 169 of the Gambling Act 2005.