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Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005 gives us responsibilities for regulating and enforcing laws for gambling in Great Britain. The Act has three main objectives:

  • 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
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Who regulates gambling?

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 separate categories of licence:

  • operating licences
  • personal licences
  • premises licences

Licensing policies

Under the Gambling Act we must review and publish a statement of our licensing principles every three years. You can read more about how we review our licensing policies:

For further information about the Gambling Act, please contact the Licensing team.

Apply for an occasional use notice

Apply for gambling premises licences

(Can also be used to notify the Authority of your intent to provide Gaming Machines within a Premises Licensed under the Licensing Act 2003).

Apply for provisional statements

Apply for temporary use notices

Apply for premises licence (vessel)


Further information

  • Public Register
    (search for licences and licensing applications by keyword, application reference, postcode or by single line of an address)

We are under a duty to protect the public fund we administer. To this end we may use the information we hold for the prevention and detection of fraud, which also includes for the assessment and/or collection of any tax or duty. This will include sharing of information held internally and with external organisations where the law allows.