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Gambling licence and permits

Temporary and occasional use notices

Temporary use notice (TUN)

This notice allows the holder of an operating licence issued by the Gambling Commission to use a premises temporarily for gambling even though it does not have a premises licence.  The notice can only be used for up to 21 days in a 12 month period.

Giving notice

Submit your notice (premises other than vessels or vessel) and fee of £425 to us.  Please note that the notice must be given at least 3 months and 1 day before the day on which the gambling event will begin.

You must also send a copy of the notice within 7 days to the following:

  • The Licensing Officer, Essex Police Licensing Unit, PO Box 12306, Newland Street, Witham CM8 2AS
  • The Gambling Commission, Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B2 4BP
  • HM Revenue & Customs, National Registration Unit (Betting & Gaming), Portcullis House, 21 India Street, Glasgow G2 4PZ

What happens next?

If no objections are made then the event can proceed.  You must then display a copy of the notice on the premises whilst gambling is taking place.

Objections may be received from any of the above and must be made within 14 days of the notice.  If objections are received, there will be a hearing in front of the Licensing sub-Committee.  If the objections are upheld, we will serve a counter notice and you will not be able to go ahead.  If a counter notice is served, you can appeal to the local magistrates' court within 14 days of its receipt.  If you don't receive a counter notice, you may go ahead with the event.

Occasional use notice (OUN)

This notice allows a licensed betting business to provide betting facilities at a sporting venue for short periods of time without the need for a full betting premises licence.  The betting must be of a temporary and infrequent nature.

Giving notice

The person responsible for organising the event on the track or the occupier of the track can give notice.  The notice can only be used for 8 days or less in a year.  Objections cannot be made unless it is over 8 days.

Submit your written notice to us (there is no fee) and send a copy to: The Licensing Officer, Essex Police Licensing Unit, PO Box 12306, Newland Street, Witham CM8 2AS.