THE GAMBLING ACT 2005 Training Pack The Gambling Act 2005 The Gambling Act 2005 (the Act) was developed in response to changes in the gambling industry and public attitudes to gambling Gambling is illegal unless permitted under the Act (or related Acts)
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The Act and Regulations aim to:
There are three types of gambling licence under the new Act:
In addition to premises licences, there are several other forms of authorisation that permit premises to be used for gambling. For example:
Licensing authorities will issue:
Licensing authorities will also be responsible for:
When considering premises licence applications, licensing authorities should aim to permit gambling in so far as they think it is:
Demand does not need to be demonstrated
Those who may make representations fall into two categories
Licensing authorities or officers have these options:
The Act gives certain permissions but also makes certain conditions. These fall into four categories
The aim is to be responsive to local choice while providing a norm against which local conditions may be compared
conditions are expected to be the industry norm
An individual condition may be added by the authority to an individual licence to deal with a specific problem.
For example, a licensing authority could require an Adult Gaming Centre located near a school to have door supervision between certain hours.
To recap on the gambling premises licensing principles:
Whatever conditions the authority adds or takes away the action must be:
If the licensing authority decides not to grant a licence
they must advise the applicant , the Gambling Commission, certain responsible authorities and those who made representations
Appeals against refusal to grant a licence are made to Sheriffs in Scotland