Gambling Act 2005

Betting Gambling and Lotteries - The Gambling Act 2005

The Licensing Regime for Gambling

The Gambling Act 2005 came in to effect on 1 September 2007 and changed the way in which gambling is licensed in this country. South Somerset District Council is the Licensing Authority for the South Somerset area and works with the national gambling regulator, the Gambling Commission.

The Gambling Commission issues personal licences, operating licences, statutory guidance and codes of practice and investigates illegal gambling and has prosecution powers.  More information about these processes can be found on the Gambling Commission web site.

The Council, as Licensing Authority, is responsible for determining applications for premises licences in respect of betting offices, race tracks, bingo clubs, adult gaming centres and family entertainment centres.  The Council also issues permits for gaming machines in members clubs, licensed premises and unlicensed family entertainment centres.

The Council is also responsible for administering 'Temporary Use Notices' and 'Occasional Use Notices' and registering Small Society Lotteries (under £20,000 ticket sales).

The regulatory regime has three licensing 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

The Licensing Authority cannot become involved in the moral issues relating to gambling and must aim to permit the use of premises for gambling in so far as they think it is

  • in accordance with any relevant codes of practice;
  • in accordance with any relevant Guidance issued by the Gambling Commission;
  • reasonably consistent with the Licensing Objectives; and
  • in accordance with the Licensing Authority's Statement of Licensing Policy.

In carrying out its licensing functions under the Act the Authority have regard to the guidance and codes of practice issued by the Gambling Commission  Gambling Statement of Principles (from 31 January 2016).


Draft Statement of Principles 2019 - 2021

You are invited to comment on our draft Statement of Principles relating to the Gambling Act 2005.  The closing date for receipt of any comments is 21 November 2018. Tracked Changes have been used so that you can see the proposed changes.

Gambling Act 2005 Application Forms, Notices and Guidance (Also Raffles/lotteries application and guidance)

Application forms and Guidance Leaflets on the Gambling Act 2005. These applications can be completed electronically, printed off and signed. Please post to South Somerset District Council with the appropriate fee.

Go to Gambling Act 2005 application forms


Gambling Act - Public Registers

The Gambling Act requires the local authority to maintain a register of premises licences issued, permits issued and temporary use notices issued.

View list of Gambling Act 2005 licensed premises


 Useful Information:

Gambling Commissioning

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