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 2022 (pdf)  

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 [email protected] or contact Newport City Council and ask for the licensing team.