In line with advice and current measures taken by Government to limit the spread of coronavirus, the Licensing offices have closed to the general public, and all face-to-face appointments and drop-in sessions are cancelled until further notice. You may still contact the Technical Hub with any licensing enquiries by calling 01724 297750 or by email at email@example.com
As per the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005, you are still required to make annual payments prior to the anniversary of the licence. Failure to do so may result in revocation of said licence.
The Gambling Act 2005 is responsible for gaming and betting premises within the authority.
Under the Act the council will aim to permit the use of premises for gambling as long as they’re considered to be:
- in accordance with any relevant codes of practice issued by the Gambling Commission;
- in accordance with any relevant guidance issued by the Gambling Commission;
- in accordance with the council’s Statement of Principles; and consistent with the licensing objectives.
There are three licensing objectives which are central to the regulatory regime created by the Act. These are:
- preventing gambling from being a source of crime and 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 people from being harmed or exploited by gambling
Types of licence
There are three types of licence under the Act:
- Operating Licences
- Personal Licences
- Premises Licences
Gambling is defined in the Act as either gaming, betting, or taking part in a lottery. These are defined as:
- ‘gaming’ means “playing a game of chance for a prize”;
- ‘betting’ means “making or accepting a bet on the outcome of a race, competition, or any other event; the likelihood of anything occurring or not occurring; or whether anything is true or not”;
- a ‘lottery’ is where “people are required to pay in order to take part in an arrangement, during the course of which one or more prizes are allocated by a process which relies wholly on chance”.
The main functions of the council are to:
- licence premises for gambling activities, including provisional statements;
- issue permits for gambling and gaming machines in clubs, alcohol licensed premises and family entertainment centres;
- issue permits for prize gaming; consider notices given for the temporary use of premises for gaming;
- consider occasional use notices for betting at tracks;
- register small societies lotteries;
Spread betting is defined in section 11 of the Act. It is normally in the form of a prize competition. Spread betting is regulated by The Financial Services Authority
Remote betting is defined in section 67 of the Act. It is remote from the premises where the betting takes place and is by means of remote communication, such as the internet. Remote gambling is dealt with by the Gambling Commission
The National Lottery is regulated by The National Lottery Commission.