Gambling licences

Privacy Notice

This Privacy Notice explains how we use the information that we collect about you.

Fife Licensing Board use the information provided by you within your application form for premises licences, applications relating to gaming machines and small society lotteries in order to process your application and decide whether your application is granted.

The personal information we gather depends on the type of licence applied for.  The licence application forms all request your name, contact details and date of birth.

It is inevitable as part of the licence application process that you will provide us with details of third parties such as premise managers. We require their personal information (name, contact details and date of birth) in order to process the application and determine whether an application will be granted.

We have statutory functions to carry out licensing and we process these application forms in terms of the Gambling Act 2005.

In the event that we did not request and use this information then it would not be possible to carry out our statutory functions and determine your licence application.

We keep a Public Register of Licence Applications as we are under a legal obligation to do so.  We only make available the minimum amount of personal information as set out in the Gambling Act 2005 and regulations made under the Act.

We may share your application with the Gambling Commission and Police Scotland. Our suppliers who host and manage our systems also have access to your personal information to enable them to provide technological support to us when required.



The Council will not keep your information for longer than is necessary. In some instances the law sets the length of time information has to be kept. The Council has a retention schedule which sets out how long we hold different types of information. This can be found here.

Further information on how your information is used and why can be found at fifedirect.org.uk/privacy. The Council's Data Protection Officer can be contacted at: dataprotection@fife.gov.uk.

The Gambling Act 2005 repeals the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, the Gaming Act 1968 and the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976.

The Act contains three licensing objectives which uderpin the functions that the Gambling Commission and licensing authorities will perform:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder, or being used to support crime
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or expolited by gambling


The Gambling Commission has responsibility for granting operating and personal licences for commercial gambling operators and personnel working in the industry.

Licensing Boards have new powers to license gambling premises within their area, as well as undertaking functions in relation to lower stake gaming machines and clubs and miners’welfare institutes.

The Act also provides for a new system of temporary and occasional use notices. These will authorise premises that are not licensed generally for gambling purposes to be used for certain types of gambling, for limited periods.

This section contains information on each different type of licence and how to apply.

Regulation Team
Tel: 03451 55 11 77 Contact Regulation Team online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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