Gambling licences

The Gambling Act 2005 introduced procedures which changed the administration of gambling in the UK. 

Newport City Council is the licensing authority under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 and is responsible for the administration and enforcement of premises licences and permits under the Act.

Under the Gambling Act 2005, the council must prepare a written Statement of Licensing Policy and follow guidance issued by the Gambling Commission.

The Licensing Policy sets out how the council will carry out its licensing functions with a view to promoting the three licensing objectives:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime and 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 act requires the council to prepare a licensing policy every three years, download and view the Licensing Policy 2019 (pdf)  

Have your say on Newport City Council draft gambling policy 2022-2025

16th August - 31 October 2021

The Council, as the licensing authority, is required to publish a new Statement of Gambling Policy for the borough at least every 3 years under the Gambling Act 2005. The draft policy sets out the principles by which Newport City Council as a Licensing Authority will discharge its functions under the Act.

Under the Gambling Act 2005, the Licensing Authority is required to publish a statement of principles (policy) that will define the principles they will apply in exercising their gambling licensing functions as laid out by the Act.

The aim of the policy is to promote the following 3 licensing objectives.

  • 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 people from being harmed or exploited by gambling 

We are consulting on a draft version of the new policy.

The Statement of Gambling Policy 2022-2025 provides guidance and sets out Newport’s City Council expectations as to how gambling premises will be managed and regulated in the City. Our current policy was adopted in 2019 and we are now consulting on a proposed new Gambling Policy for the City. The three-year Policy will take effect from January 2022 onwards.

Download Draft Gambling Policy (pdf)

Download Cabinet Report (pdf)

If you wish to comment regarding the policy please do so in writing to the Licensing Authority

Gaming machines 

Newport City Council can grant permits to regulate gaming machines for premises which provide a gambling facility where gambling is not the main function of the premises.

Who can apply?
Premises with a licence for consumption of alcohol, which contain a bar where alcohol is served, but without a requirement that alcohol is served only with food, can apply.

What does the permit entitle me to?

There is an automatic entitlement to two machines of category C or D, subject to you:

  • notifying us in writing of your wish to use this entitlement
  • paying the prescribed fee of £50
  • complying with any relevant code of practice from the Gambling Commission.

There is no annual fee but if your alcohol licence is transferred to other premises a new written notification is needed along with a further £50 fee.

For up to two machines there is no annual fee, for more than two machines the annual fee is £50.


Download the Club Gaming/Club Machine permit application (pdf)

Return the completed form, along with the fee, to the address given on the form. 

Read about lotteries 


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

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