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Gambling Act 2005

Prize gaming and prize gaming permits

What is prize gaming

Prize gaming normally consists of low stakes and prizes gambling in which neither the nature nor the size of the prize is determined by the number of persons playing or the amount paid for or raised by the gaming. It can comprise of a variety of games, providing that the participation fees and prizes do not exceed prescribed limits. The prize can be a cash or non-cash prize. 

What is a prize gaming permit

A prize gaming permit will allow a person to provide facilities for gaming, like those above, on specified premises.

Any non-gambling premises (that is, one that has not got a premises licence under the Gambling Act 2005) that wishes to provide such gambling would need to apply for a prize gaming permit. 

Prize gaming permits do not permit the provision of gaming machines and only certain equipment such as mechanised cash bingo equipment for example, may be used for prize gaming and not be treated as a gaming machine. (see Section 235 of Gambling Act 2005).

Some premises are already authorised by the Act to offer prize gaming, without needing a separate prize gaming permit. These are -

Who can apply for a prize gaming permit

An application for a permit can only be made by a person who occupies or plans to occupy the relevant premises and if the applicant is an individual, s/he must be aged 18 or over. 

Holders of premises licences under the Act and holders of club gaming permits may not apply for prize gaming permits.

Applicants are not required to have an operating licence issued by the Gambling Commission.

What do I have to produce in making an application?

Documents to produce -

  • the appropriate application form
  • the appropriate fee for the application being made
  • details of the types of gaming that it is intended to offer
  • evidence that applicants understand the limits to stakes and prizes that are set out in the Regulations (link opens in a new window)
  • evidence that the gaming offered is within the law

Who do I send my application to?

See our address below.

Do I have to copy my application to anyone else?

No. However, the Act requires us to consult Humberside Police on any prize gaming permit application which we receive. We will forward a copy to them and they then have 14 days in which to make any comments on the application.

What can you do with my application?

We can either grant or refuse an application for a permit, but we cannot add conditions.  Should we decide to refuse an application we will write to you with our reasons and you will be given the opportunity to make representations against our decision.

How long does a prize gaming permit last?

A permit lasts for 10 years. There is no annual fee for this type of permit (details of renewal are below).

Can my permit lapse before it expires?

The permit may lapse for a number of reasons -

  • if the holder ceases to occupy the premises
  • if an individual permit holder dies, becomes incapable by reason of mental or physical incapacity, becomes bankrupt, or sequestration of his estate is ordered
  • if the company holding the Permit ceases to exist, or goes into liquidation.

Where a permit lapses, the Act provides that the Permit may be relied upon for a period of six months after it has lapsed, by the following persons -

  • the personal representative of the holder (in the case of death)
  • the trustee of the bankrupt’s estate (in the case of individual bankruptcy)
  • the holder’s interim or permanent trustee (in the case of an individual whose estate is  sequestrated)
  • the liquidator of the company (in the case of a company that goes into liquidation)

The permit may also cease to have effect if the holder surrenders it to us. Notice of such surrender must be accompanied by the permit, or by an explanation of why the permit cannot be produced.

If the permit holder is convicted of a relevant offence (that is an offence listed in schedule 7 of the Act) the court may order the forfeiture of the permit. The court must order the holder to deliver the permit to the licensing authority, or provide a statement explaining why it is not reasonably practicable to produce it. The court must notify the licensing authority that it has made a forfeiture order as soon as is reasonably practicable after making the order. Such an order may be suspended by a higher court pending appeal against conviction of a relevant offence.

Do I need to keep a copy of my permit on the premises?

Yes. It must be kept on the premises and available for inspection at all times. It is an offence not to produce it when requested to do so by a constable, an enforcement officer, or an authorised local authority officer. If a permit is lost, stolen or damaged, you may apply for a replacement (such replacement being subject to a fee).

What if my business changes its name?

If the person to whom the permit is issued changes their name, or wants to be known by another name, they may send the permit back to us for amendment, together with the appropriate fee. We must comply with the request and return the permit to the holder.

What about renewals?

An application for renewal of a permit must be made during the period beginning six months before the permit expires and ending two months before it expires. The application procedure for renewal is the same as for a new permit, except that you will have to return your Prize Gaming permit along with your application form and documents.

The duration of the permit will not be curtailed while a renewal application is pending, including any appeal against a decision not to renew.

Limits on participation fees and prizes for prize gaming

The participation fee which may be charged for any one chance to win a prize in a game shall not exceed 50p. Where in paying for a chance to win a prize in a game a person acquires an opportunity to win more than one prize then the limit is still 50p for that chance. For example, in a game of bingo, the purchase of one game card (the chance) may provide the person with three opportunities to win a prize (one line, two lines, full house), but the maximum participation fee for each game card is still 50p. There is a limit of £500 on the aggregate amount of participation fees that may be charged in a particular game.
A money prize cannot exceed £35, except where the prize gaming is being provided in an adult gaming centre, in which case the limit is £50. The aggregate amount or value of prizes in a game cannot exceed £500.

Application fees

Grant fee £300
Renewal fee £300
Change of name £25
Copy of permit fee £15

Application forms

Contact us

Licensing section
Hull City Council
33 Witham 

Tel: 01482 300 301
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 554

Humberside Police Licensing Team

‘D’ Division Licensing
Humberside Police
Priory Road Police Station
Priory Road
Kingston upon Hull

Tel: (01482) 220 344
Fax: (01482) 220 291

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