Gambling, machines and lottery permits

Prize gaming permits

A prize gaming permit allows you to provide gaming with prizes on specified premises. If you wish to provide such gambling at any non-gambling premises, such as one that has not got a premises licence under the Gambling Act 2005, you would need to apply for a prize gaming permit.

Prize gaming is a form of normally low stakes and prizes gambling. 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.

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.

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

Holders of premises licences and holders of club gaming permits can not apply for prize gaming permits.

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 and return to

Prize gaming permit application form


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