Gambling licences

Newport City Council, as licensing authority, issues licences for casinos, betting offices and race tracks, bingo clubs, adult gaming centres and family entertainment centres.

The council also issues permits for gaming machines in members’ clubs and licensed premises, gaming in members’ clubs, prize gaming, unlicensed family entertainment centres. 

To apply for this licence submit a full copy of the application and plan to each of the responsible authorities (pdf).

Each has 28 days to respond to the licensing section.

Download Newport City Council's Gambling Policy - Statement of Principles (pdf) 

Draft Gambling Policy consultation

9 October - 9 November 2018

Please share your views on the council’s draft gambling policy.  

Although the regulatory control of gambling in the UK sits mainly with the Gambling Commission, the council is required to produce a local Statement of Gambling Policy setting out how gambling will be regulated in the area.

It is a statutory requirement for the council to evaluate the policy every three years. 

The consultation focuses on the regulatory powers of the council and changes that have come into effect since the last review took place.

The council’s policy provides the framework for how applications for the various types of permission available under the Gambling Act are considered.

In particular, guidance is provided to applicants with regard to the suitability of locations and the safeguards that applicants are expected to have in place to reduce the risk of crime and disorder and to protect vulnerable people.

Read the draft Gambling Policy (pdf) 

Changes made to the policy are highlighted in red.

Please send any written comments by 9 November 2018 to: 

Licensing, PO BOX 883, Civic Centre, Godfrey Rd, Newport. NP20 4UR  

Recent attention around gambling has focused on reducing the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Machines, from £100 to £2.

This is not something the council has any power over, so does not feature in the consultation.

Similarly internet based gambling are also matters that the council is unable to address through its policy.

Read about lotteries 


See the Gambling Commission website


Email or contact Newport City Council and ask for the licensing team.