Prize gaming is intended to allow low level gaming for small fees and small prizes which can include cash.

Playing bingo at a seaside resort is a good example of prize gaming. Prize gaming can consist of a number of games as long as the fees and prizes do not exceed set limits.

Information on prize gaming permit fees and charges.

The current regulations are:

  • the maximum participation fee for a chance to win a prize in a single game is 50p (even if paying for that chance offers the opportunity of more than one prize). The total amount you can bet in one game is £500.
  • a money prize cannot exceed £35 (except in an Adult Gaming Centre where the limit is £50). The total amount of prizes cannot exceed £500.

Who can apply

Anyone who intends to run prize gaming needs to apply for a permit.

Fees and charges

The fee for a new application for grant is £300. The fee for the conversion of an existing Section 16 Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 permit is £100. The fee for a change of name is £25.

Apply for a permit

Please return your completed form to

After we receive your application

We will process your application as soon as possible and contact you if we need any further information.


To make a complaint, please email