The Gambling Act 2005 (the Act) replaced most of the existing law about gambling in Great Britain with a more comprehensive structure of gambling regulation.
The Act removed from licensing justices all responsibility for granting gaming and betting permissions. Instead, the Gambling Commission and the Licensing Authorities share responsibility for all those matters previously regulated by the licensing justices.
The Act gives Licensing Authorities a number of regulatory functions in relation to gambling. Their main functions are to:
- licence premises for gambling activities;
- consider notices given for temporary use of premises for gambling;
- grant permits for gaming and gaming machines in clubs;
- regulate gaming and gaming machines in alcohol licensed premises;
- grant permits to family entertainment centres for the use of lower stake gaming machines;
- grant permits for prize gaming;
- consider occasional use notices for betting at tracks; and
- register small societies’ lotteries.
Licence and Permit Holders, Licensing Authorities and other agencies must all work to promote the three gambling licensing objectives:
- 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; and,
- Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
Further Information and Guidance
The Gambling Commission has produced a number of guidance notes and leaflets which you may find useful. The following link will take you directly to the relevant page on their website: