The Gambling Act 2005 governs all gambling activity in the country other than the National Lottery and spread betting. The Act is regulated by the Gambling Commission nationally and by Wakefield Council as the local licensing authority.

Although the Gambling Commission is responsible for the issue and regulation of both operator's and personal licences, Wakefield Council has a duty to administer the issue and regulation of permits and premises licences within the district.

The Act sets out three gambling objectives. We have a duty to promote these in carrying out our gambling functions and they are the primary concern when authorising any gambling activity. The gambling objectives are:

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime or disorder, or being used to support crime.
  • Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way.
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

The council is responsible for the issue of the following premises licences:

  • Adult Gaming
  • Betting
  • Bingo
  • Casinos
  • Family Entertainment Centres
  • Track betting

The Gambling Act 2005 also covers the issuing of Permits for various activities:

  • Club Gaming
  • Club Gaming Machines
  • Family Entertainment Centre Gaming Machines
  • Licensed Premises Gaming Machines
  • Prize Gaming

Table of fees

Further information and application forms can be found in downloads or please visit the gambling commission

Small Society Lottery Registration

The Act also allows the council to register small-society or non-commercial lotteries.

Society lotteries are lotteries promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society. A society can be considered non-commercial if it is established and conducted for:

  • Charitable purposes
  • The purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity.
  • Any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.

A qualifying society may operate without a Gambling Commission licence provided a registration is made with the Council in the area where their principal office is located.

After each lottery a society must submit a 'return' to the Council no later than three months after the draw took place.

Further details of the conditions of registration are available in the guidance notes​.

Applying for a Small Society Lottery Registration

Please complete the application form and post to us.

Conditions of application

  • Your society must be non commercial
  • Lotteries must not exceed £20,000 in ticket sales and £250,000 in a year.
  • At least 20% of the lottery proceeds must be applied to the purposes of the society.
  • No single prize may be worth more £25,000.
  • Every ticket in the lottery must cost the same and must be paid for before entry into the draw is allowed.

​Making a complaint about a gambling premises or transaction

If you want to make a complaint about licensed gambling premises then please contact us. If you want to complain about a gambling transaction then please contact the Gambling Commission directly. ​

Online Register

If you wish to see further information on licences granted you can view these on the online register

Contact us

Licensing Office

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm

01924 302919/302906