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Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005 gives Cheshire West and Chester Council 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

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:

  • operating licences
  • personal licences
  • premises licences

Under the Licensing Act the authority must review and publish a statement of its licensing policy every five years. You can read more about how we review our licensing policies below.

  • Review of licensing policies

Where to find help

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

Apply for licences

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)


For information about fees, please see the licensing fees area of this website.

Further information

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

Please note 
Cheshire West and Chester Council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers. 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.

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