Gambling Act 2005

1. Overview

The Gambling Act 2005 introduced a new regulatory system to govern the provision of all gambling in the UK, other than the National Lottery and spread betting.

The Act created the Gambling Commission which has overall control of gambling in the UK. They are responsible for granting operating and personal licences for commercial gambling operators and personnel working in the industry.

They also regulate remote gambling including gambling via the internet, telephone or TV, etc. The Act sets out different types of operating licences that cover the full range of gambling activities in the UK.

We are responsible for:

  • the licensing of premises where gambling activities are to take place by issuing premises licences
  • issuing provisional statements
  • issuing club gaming permits and/or club machine permits
  • granting permits for the use of certain lower stake gaming machines at unlicensed family entertainment centres
  • receiving notifications from alcohol licensed premises (under the Licensing Act 2003) for the use of two or fewer gaming machines
  • granting licensed premises gaming machine permits for premises licensed to sell/supply alcohol for consumption on the premises, where more than two machines are required
  • registering small society lotteries below prescribed thresholds
  • issuing prize gaming permits
  • receiving and endorsing occasional use notices
  • providing information to the Gambling Commission regarding details of licences issued, suspended or revoked
  • maintaining registers of the permits and licences that are issued under these functions

Premises licences may authorise the provision of gambling facilities on:

  • casino premises
  • bingo premises
  • betting premises, including tracks
  • adult gaming centres
  • family entertainment centres

In deciding premises licence applications, we will be guided by codes of practice and guidance issued by the Gambling Commission, our own gambling statement of principles (PDF 320Kb) and the three licensing objectives.