Gambling Premises Licence

We are asking customers to only submit essential applications. Please be aware that it may take some time to review and process your application. You should expect most applications to take longer than normal to process.

A Premises Licence is required for any premises where it is intended to provide gambling facilities.

  • Casino premises
  • Bingo premises
  • Betting premises (including tracks)
  • Adult gaming centres
  • Family entertainment centres

Provisional statements can be applied for below if a premises is yet to be constructed, altered, or newly occupied.

Occasional use notices are for licensed betting operators to use tracks for short periods of betting at events which are infrequent. See our Track Betting section on the left for further information.

As of the 8 January 2018 any application you make in person at one of Contact Centres must be done by appointment.To make an appointment please call Cheshire East Customer Services on 0300 123 5015.Cheques must be made payable to ‘Cheshire East Council’


The application form should be accompanied by the correct fee and a plan of the premises (the plan needs to be to scale)

  1. Download an application form for a Premises Licence - Form A (Word, 85KB)
  2. Download an application form for a Premises Licence - Form B (Word, 37KB)
  3. Download additional guidance on applications (PDF, 148KB)
  4. Download a  Public Notice (Word, 37KB) - this should be printed on blue paper before displaying.

Provisional statement forms

  1. Download a Provisional Statement application form (PDF, 64KB)
  2. Download a Public Notice (PDF, 27KB)


A fee is payable upon application.  View details of the fees.

Application evaluation process

Regulations state that you must publish notice of your application and notify responsible authorities and other persons about the application. This will allow representations to be made. You must provide notice in three ways

  • A notice placed outside the premises for 28 consecutive days in a place where it can be conveniently read
  • In a newspaper or newsletter of local relevance, on at least one occasion within 10 days of the application being made
  • To all responsible authorities within seven days of the application being made

Providing there are no valid representations from either the responsible authorities or any interested parties, the application process should be completed following the 28 day consultation period.

We have provided some representations guidance for people considering making representations against the grant of a premises licence.

Premises licences are transferable to another person, providing that person holds a valid operating licence (this is issued by the Gambling Commission).

We may consider attaching conditions to premises licences dependant upon individual circumstances.

Eligibility criteria

  • You cannot obtain a premises licence until the premises in which you will offer gambling are constructed
  • You must have the right to occupy the premises
  • The applicant must have an operating licence (or have applied for an operating licence which allows them to carry out the proposed activity). There is an exception to this in relation to tracks
  • The applicant must be over the age of 18

Statement Of Gambling Principles

Contact us

Contact Licensing

Call our Licensing Customer Service Team on 0300 123 5015 during office hours, 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, if you're unable to use our forms.

Licensing Team
Cheshire East Council

Regulatory Services and Health C/O
Delamere House, Delamere Street


Page last reviewed: 30 March 2023