Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005 (external link) provides for three categories of licence:

Licence Summary

The licensing authority is responsible for licensing premises that offer facilities for gambling. These gambling facilities are broken down into six premises licence types. These premises licence types are:

  • Casino premises* (converted, small and large)
  • Bingo premises
  • Betting tracks premises
  • Betting (other) premises (e.g. betting shops)
  • Adult gaming centres (AGC's)
  • Family entertainment centres (FEC's)

*The Gambling Act 2005 prevents Carlisle City Council from accepting any applications for new Casino premises licences. Carlisle City Council was not named as an authority that could issue small or large casino premises licences under the Act.

When a licence is issued to premises it permits that premises to be used for that primary gambling activity.

The Gambling Commission (external link) is an independent non-department public body who are sponsored by the government. The Gambling Commission was set up under the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate commercial gambling in the Great Britain. The Commission is responsible for issuing and enforcing operators and personal licences that are issued by them. They are also responsible for providing advice and guidance to the trade, local authorities and government on commercial gambling.

As a requirement of the Gambling Act 2005 the Commission must provide Guidance to local authorities. The local authority will consider applications after having regard to this guidance. Applicants should read the relevant parts of the guidance (external link) before submitting an application. The licensing authority also issues other forms of authorisation under this legislation, for example:

  • Temporary use of premises
  • Occasional use notice
  • Unlicensed family entertainment centre
  • Prize gaming
  • Gaming machines on alcohol licensed premises
  • Club gaming
  • Club gaming machines
  • Small lottery registration

Licence holders, the Council and other agencies must all work to promote the licensing objectives which are:

  • 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

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for a premises licence you must

  • be 18 years old or older,
  • if applying on behalf of a company or partnership be authorised to make such an application, and
  • hold or has applied for an Operators licence from the Gambling Commission for that gambling activity (unless that occupier of the track who gets the premises licence may not be the person who actually offers the gambling),

Application Evaluation Process

Applications must be made using the statutory form. The form must be completed in full and contain all of the relevant information requested in the form. For new applications, provisional statements and variations to change the layout of an existing premises licence plans must also accompany the application.

Applicants must also serve a notice of their application on each responsible authority. A list of these responsible authorities along with their addresses and contact information is available.

Applications for new, provisional statements or variations of existing licences must be advertised and are open to responsible authorities and the public to make representations. The consultation period for these application types are 28 calendar days from the day the application is received by the Licensing Authority. Applicants must place a public notice on the premises and advertise the application in a local newspaper.

An application must be accompanied by the correct fee.

Each premises licence that is issued by the authority will be subject to the Mandatory or Default conditions associated with that gambling activity. The Mandatory and Default conditions are as set out in the Gambling Act 2005 (Mandatory and Default Conditions) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 (external link).

Mandatory conditions can not be varied or removed in any way. However, applicants for new licences can request in their application to have the default conditions either removed from the licence or amended. For existing licensees a variation application is required to make changes or remove these default conditions.


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