Under the Gambling Act 2005 we are responsible for (and offer advice on) licensing premises and issuing permits for gambling activities within our area.
Gambling premises licences
Gambling premises licences allows facilities such as:
- adult gaming centres
- family entertainment centres
- casino premises
- bingo premises
- betting premises
- betting tracks
We issue gambling permits for:
- gaming machines in alcohol licensed premises
- gaming machines for members clubs
- other gaming activities in members clubs
- prize gaming
- 'category D machines' in unlicensed family entertainment centres (these machines can be used by children, they have the lowest level of stake and prizes).
Small lottery registration
Together with applicants and other agencies, we must work to promote the three licensing objectives:
- keeping gambling crime free
- making sure that gambling is fair and open
- protecting children and vulnerable adults
As the 'licensing authority', we have a duty to produce a licensing policy to set out our general approach when making licensing decisions.
The Policy is formally reviewed every three years.
Further guidance is also provided via: