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Gambling Act 2005

Consultation for the authority's statement of principles under the Gambling Act 2005

Background to the act

Similar to the Licensing Act 2003, the Gambling Act 2005 gives Cheshire West and Chester Council responsibilities for regulating and enforcing laws for gambling in Great Britain. The Gambling Act 2005 has three main objectives:

It also brought the burgeoning internet gaming sector within British regulation for the first time. A new independent regulatory body was created; the Gambling Commission, which is now the national regulator for commercial gambling in Great Britain.

The Act replaced the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1963, the Gaming Act of 1968 and the Lotteries and Amusements Act of 1976. In their place it created three seperate categories of licence:

The Gambling Commision

The Commission came about as a result of the Act and regulates gaming and certain lotteries.

The Gambling Commission grants operating and personal licences for commercial gambling and people working in the industry. It will also regulate certain lottery managers and promoters.

The Council as a Licensing Authority Licensing Authorities are responsible for:

Guidance and advice

If you need any guidance concerning the Gambling Act 2005, please feel free to contact your local Licensing Team.

New Gambling Act statement of principles

The Licensing Authority of Cheshire West and Chester has published a Statement of Principles which came into force on 1 April 2009. To view the new document, follow the link: New Statement of Principles.