Section 39 of the Gambling Act 2005 provides that where there is betting on a track on eight days or less in a calendar year, betting may be permitted by an occasional use notice without the need for a full premises licence. Occasional Use Notices may not be relied upon for more than eight days in a calendar year.


A notice must be served by a person who is responsible for the administration of events on the track or by the occupier of the track. The notice must be served on the Licensing Authority and copied to the Chief Officer of Northumbria Police. The Act does not require the applicant or the Licensing Authority to notify the Gambling Commission an Occasional Use Notice has been given. The notice must specify the day on which it has effect. Notices must be given in relation to consecutive days, so long as the overall limit of eight days is not exceeded in a calendar year. Provided that the notice will not result in betting facilities being available for more than eight days in a calendar year, there is no provision for counter-notices or objections to be submitted.

Betting operators cannot provide gaming machines at tracks by virtue of an Occasional Use Notice.

There is no fee associated with giving an Occasional Use Notice.

Page last updated: 
6 November 2014
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