All Gambling Activities are now regulated by the Gambling Act 2005. Most regular
Operators will require an Operating Licence and depending on the size of the business
key personnel within the organisation will require a Personal Licence both of which
are issued by the Gambling Commission. Operating Licences are available for both
remote and non-remote operations and cover.
- Amusement arcades
- Betting shops
- On-course Bookmakers
- Pool Promoters
- Bingo clubs
- Society Lotteries
- External Lotteries
- Supply and repair of gaming machines
It is possible to have a combination of operations on one Operating Licence provided
they do not include both remote and non remote gambling.
Operators offering the use of gaming machines should be aware that if they deal
with repairs in-house or sell gaming machines from time to time they are currently
required to have an Operating Licence authorising such activities. A permit is available
from the Gambling Commission for repairing or selling a single machine.
Operators are required to pay an annual fee to the Gambling Commission and submit
annual Regulatory Returns for each licensed gambling activity. We can advise you
on the right Operating Licence for your business, deal with the detailed application
to the Gambling Commission and assist you in dealing with annual requirements. As
a Client we will also alert you to any further amendments to the gambling laws that
may affect your business.
Most Operators offering non remote gambling will also need a Premises Licence, issued
by the local Licensing Authority for each premises operating as:-
- Amusement arcade
- Family Entertainment Centre
- Adult Gaming Centre
- Betting shop
- Bingo club
Annual fees are due for each Premises Licence and the fee varies around the country.
We can advise you on the right Premises Licence for your business and how to maximise
the number and categories of gaming machines you can offer, while reducing your
annual fee liability. We will assist your business in dealing with applications
for new Premises Licences, variations and transfers on the purchase of new businesses.
Some Operators do not require a Licence and their operations are regulated by permits
issued by the local Licensing Authority. All premises with an on site alcohol licence
issued under the Licensing Act 2003 are automatically entitle to offer up top two
category C gaming machines for use provided the issuing authority has been notified.
- Licensed Premises Gaming machine Permit where more than two gaming machines are
- Club gaming permit
- Prize gaming permit
- Family entertainment gaming machine permit where only category D gaming machines
There are also additional rules for playing poker, bingo and other equal chance
gaming in Pubs and Clubs with an alcohol licence. We can advise you on whether your
business and its customers are complying with the Gambling Act 2005.
Temporary Use Notice
- Must hold an Operating Licence
- Use of premises for no more than 21 days in 12 month period
AWPs in Chip Shops, Taxi Offices and other non-gambling premises
Please note that all existing s34 expired by the 31 July 2009, and gaming machines are no longer permitted in such establishments. If you are in any doubt as to whether this will effect you we can advise you
What to look for when gambling online
A leaflet has now been published by the Gambling Commission which sets out the things
consumers should look for when gambling or considering whether to gamble online.
Gambling websites will offer different levels of protection and consumers should
satisfy themselves that they are happy to gamble before doing so. Click here to
view a copy of the leaflet.
For further information or advice on Gambling Licensing, please e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Debbie Hough on 01507 522456.
Gambling Licensing Team