What is a bingo licence?
Everyone loves a game of bingo, but do you actually need a licence to run bingo competitions in your bar or pub? Well, yes, but not what you may be thinking.
For premises with a personal licence, bingo can be offered as a form of entertainment on the premises, however, the games must be for adults only, and not be linked with games played on other premises.
The venue providing the bingo must not exceed the maximum of £2,000 per week in stakes and prizes. However, if you wish to exceed this amount in stakes and prizes, you will then need a Bingo Operating Licence.
What is a bingo operating licence?
A bingo operating licence is required when stakes and prizes exceed that of £2,000 per week
REMEMBER – A bingo operating licence is only required if you are offering stakes and prizes that exceed £2,000 per week.
How to get a bingo operating licence
Bingo operating applications must be made via the Gambling Commission. You can find more information on bingo operating licences and how to apply for one on the Official Gambling Commission Website.
How to apply for a personal licence
To obtain a personal licence, applicants will first need to obtain a Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders qualification. This is the basic requirement for selling alcohol within a retail environment such as a bar, pub or restaurant.
Once you are certified by passing the course, you can apply for a personal licence via your local council.