Gambling and Lotteries

The Gambling Act 2005 regulates all commercial gambling in England and Wales and includes the regulation of gambling premises, temporary use of premises for gambling, small society lotteries and remote gambling.

The Act has three clear objectives:

● Keeping gambling crime free

● Making sure that gambling is fair and open

● Protecting children and vulnerable adults

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport prepared the legislation; the Gambling Commission provides guidance for Local Authorities, and Licensing Authorities issue some (but not all) authorisation.

We are responsible for licensing premises that offer facilities for gambling. These facilities include:

  • Casino premises (converted, large and small)
  • Bingo premises
  • Betting track premises
  • Betting other (betting shops)
  • Adult gaming centres
  • Alcohol licensed premises gaming machine permit
  • Club Machine Permits
  • Club Gaming Permits
  • Family entertainment centres
  • Small Society Lotteries
     

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Lotteries are a form of gambling and those wishing to run them are required to ensure that children and other vulnerable people are not exploited by their lottery.
Certain premises, which are licensed for the sale of alcohol, are entitled to make a number of gaming machines available for use on their premises, if we have given permission to do so.
Certain premises, which are licensed for the sale of alcohol, are entitled to make a number of gaming machines available for use on their premises, if we have given permission to do so.
A premises licence holder of a public house that holds a premises licence may notify the Local Authority that they wish to have up to two gaming machines in the premises. The premises must have a licence to sell alcohol on the premises and a bar.
Prize gaming is gaming where the nature and size of the prize available is not determined by either the number of people playing, the amount paid for, or raised by the gaming.
The Gambling Act 2005 - Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre