Gambling, machines and lottery permits

Prize gaming permits

Prize gaming is a type of gambling in which:

  • stakes and prizes are usually low
  • the value of the prize is not determined by how much a player stakes or the number of people playing for the same prize

Prize gaming permits don't allow the use of gaming machines.

Permits are valid for 10 years and there are no annual fees.

Who can apply?

You can only apply if you are the person who occupies, or plans to occupy, the relevant premises. If the applicant is an individual, they must be aged 18 or over.

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

Holders of premises licences and holders of club gaming permits are not eligible to apply for prize gaming permits.

Do I need a permit?

You're allowed to offer prize gaming on your premises (subject to certain conditions) without applying for a prize gaming permit if you have:

  • an adult gaming centre premises licence
  • a family entertainment centre premises licence
  • a family entertainment centre gaming machine permit
  • a travelling fair
  • a bingo hall

How to apply

To apply for a prize gaming permit, or to convert an existing (Section 16 Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976) permit, or to vary the details of an existing prize gaming permit, please fill in our application form:

Prize gaming permit application form

Please send your completed application form to:

Licensing team, Lichfield District Council, Frog Lane, Lichfield, WS13 6ZD

Please remember to include the correct fee and make cheques payable to Lichfield District Council.

Prize gaming permit costs

Permit type Cost
New prize gaming permit £300
Conversion of an existing Section 16 Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 permit £100
Change of name £25