Occasional and temporary use notices
Where there is betting on a track for eight or less days in a calendar year, betting may be permitted by an occasional use notice without the need for a full premises licence.
A track means:
- a horse racecourse
- a dog track
- any other premises or any part of a premises on which a race or other sporting event takes or is intended to take place.
The track does not have to be a permanent fixture and can be used for other purposes when not being utilised as a track.
No gaming machines may be provided under the provisions of an occasional use notice.
A notice must be served on us by the occupier of the land or a person who is responsible for the administration of events on the track.
Complete the Occasional use notice application form.
Notices may be given for consecutive days but cannot exceed the limit of eight days in a calendar year.
Provided that the notice will not result in betting facilities being made available for more than eight days in any calendar year, there is no provision for any counter notices or objections to be submitted.
The information below provides a general explanation of the circumstances in which ‘race nights’ can be played under the Gambling Act 2005. It does not deal with every detail of the legislative provisions, or with the individual circumstances of a particular case.
The Gambling Commission has issued a statutory code of practice on gaming in clubs and pubs, which is available from its website.
Temporary use notice
Temporary use notices (TUN) allow the use of premises for gambling where there is no premises licence but where a gambling operator wishes to use the premises temporarily for providing facilities for gambling.
A temporary use notice must be lodged with us not less than three months and one day before the day on which the gambling event will begin.
A copy of the notice must also be served within seven days on:
- the Gambling Commission
- the Chief of Police
- HM Revenues and Customs
- any other Licensing Authority in whose area the premises are situated.
If the temporary use notice needs to be modified after being processed, a fee must be paid and the Licensing Team notified in writing.
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