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Gambling Act 2005 premises licences

The Gambling Act came in to effect on 1 September 2007 and changed the way in which gambling is licensed in this country. 

We are the licensing authority for the South Somerset area and we work with the national gambling regulator, the Gambling Commission

The gambling commission issues personal licences, operating licences, statutory guidance and code of practice. It also investigates illegal gambling and has prosecution powers. More information about these processes can be found on the Gambling Commission website

As a licensing authority, we are responsible for determining applications for premises licences in respect of betting offices, race tracks, bingo clubs, adult gaming centres and family entertainments centres. 

These premises licenses are not to be confused with premises licences issued under the Licensing Act 2003

We also issue permits for:

We are also responsible for:

  1. Licensing objectives

    The regulatory regime has 3 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

    We cannot become involved in the moral issues relating to gambling and must aim to permit the use of premises for gambling if we believe 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 our 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.

  2. Apply for a premises licence or provisional statement

  3. Notices to be served to responsible authorities

  4. Public registers

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

    View our list of Gambling Act 2005 licensed premises

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