Gambling licence

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The Gambling Act 2005 replaced the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, the Gaming Act 1968 and the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976.The Act has introduced a joint regulator for gambling in Great Britain, the Gambling Commission, and a new licensing regime for commercial gambling The Commission and licensing authorities share between them responsibility for all matters previously regulated by licensing justices.

From 2007, the commission has been responsible for granting operating and personal licences for commercial gambling operators and personnel working in the industry. It also regulates certain lottery managers and promoters. The Act sets out different types of operating licences that cover the full range of gambling activities in Great Britain.

Licensing authorities have powers to licence gambling premises within their area, as well as undertaking functions in relation to lower stake gaming machines and clubs and miners’ welfare institutes. The Act also provides a new system of temporary use notices. These authorise premises that are not licensed generally for gambling purposes to be used for certain types of gambling, for limited periods The Government is aware of the dangers posed by excessive gambling and so the new Act includes the strongest protections for children and the vulnerable. Any problematic premises can also be reviewed by the Licensing Authority and/or The Gambling Commission.

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Mail Licensing Service, Davyfield Depot, White Dove Building, Roman Road Industrial Estate, Blackburn BB1 2LX
Phone Number(s) 01254 267666
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