Gambling licences and gaming permits

Please note that at the moment, council offices are closed and officers are working from home due to coronavirus. There may be a delay in processing paper application. Find out more about changes to licensing services.

Aberdeenshire Licensing Board's current Gambling Policy came into force in 2018 following the approval by the three former Divisional Licensing Board’s namely (North, Central and South) and this was late adopted by the current Board at their first meeting which took place on the 29th of April 2020.

The Board’s Gambling Policy has to be renewed every 3 years.

Guidance has been produced for licence holders regarding illegal gambling in licensed premises.  A Gambling Commission Fact Sheet is also available.

Dealing with your application

Aberdeenshire Licensing Board as the licensing authority must have regard to the statutory licensing objectives as set out in Section 1 of the Gambling Act 2005. These are:

1) Preventing Gambling from being a source of Crime or Disorder, being associated with Crime or Disorder or being used to support crime.

2) Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way

3) Protecting Children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by Gambling

Current documents

Gambling premises licence

The Aberdeenshire Licensing Board deals with applications for bingo halls, casinos, betting premises, adult gaming centres and family entertainment centres.

To apply, download the relevant documents below.

Premises:

 Vessels:

Guidance notes:

Gaming permits

The Aberdeenshire Licensing Board deals with permits for licensed gaming machine permits and club gaming machine permits.

To apply, download the relevant documents below