Gambling Act 2005
Brentwood Borough Council is the Licensing Authority for this area and works with the national gambling regulator, the Gambling Commission.
The Gambling Commission's role is to issue personal licences, operating licences, statutory guidance and codes of practice and investigate illegal gambling and also has prosecution powers. More information about these processes can be found on the Commission's website: www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk
The Council is responsible for determining applications for premises licences in respect of betting offices, race tracks, casinos, bingo clubs, adult gaming centres and family entertainment centres. The Council also issues permits for gaming machines in members’ clubs and licensed premises.
Additionally, the Council is responsible for administering ‘Temporary Use Notices’ and ‘Occasional Use Notices’ and registering Small Society Lotteries.
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.
Before the Licensing Authority can consider an application for a Premises Licence, the applicant must have obtained an Operating or Personal Licence, or both, from the Gambling Commission.
If you have an enquiry related to the Gambling Act 2005, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.