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Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005 has three main aims: to keep gambling crime free, to make sure that gambling is fair and open, and to protect children and vulnerable adults.

Local Authority responsibilities

Under the Gambling Act 2005 licensing authorities are responsible for issuing various licences, permissions, permits and notices relating to the use of premises for gambling activities within their local areas.

You will need a licence if you want to provide facilities for gambling or the use of a premises for gambling.  The three types of gambling activities are: 

  • Gaming
  • Betting
  • Participating in a lottery


This means playing a game of chance for a prize.


This means making or accepting a bet on:

  • the outcome of a race, competition or other event or process
  • the likelihood of anything happening or not happening
  • whether anything is or is not true

Participating in a lottery

 Lotteries can't be run for commercial gain and are where:

  • people have to pay to take part
  • prizes are allocated to participants
  • the prizes are either allocated wholly by chance or by a series of processes where the first of those processes relies wholly on chance

The Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commission is the national gambling regulator.   They are responsible for issuing:

  • personal licences
  • operating licences
  • statutory guidance 
  • codes of practice

They also monitor compliance, investigate illegal gambling and have prosecution powers.  

You can find out more about the gambling commission and whether you will need a personal or operating licence on their website: The Gambling Commission.

The licensing objectives

The three objectives of the Gambling Act are:

  • to prevent gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • to make sure gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • to protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

We are not able to become involved in the moral issues relating to gambling and must aim to allow the use of premises for gambling as long as we think it:

  • meets the relevant codes of practice
  • meets the relevant guidance issued by the gambling commission
  • is reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives; and
  • is in accordance with our statement of licensing policy

Our responsibilities and the licences we issue

We are responsible for issuing:

Premises licences for:

  • betting offices
  • casinos
  • race tracks
  • bingo clubs
  • adult gaming centres 
  • family entertainment centres

For these you will require the application form for a Premises Licence, the Notice of Application (for publication) and the Notification of application (to notify the Relevant Authorities) forms below.

Permits for:

  • Gaming machines in alcohol-licensed premises, such as pubs
  • Gaming machines for private members clubs
  • Gaming in private members clubs
  • Unlicensed family entertainment centres
    (Category D machines only - i.e. those that have the lowest level of stakes and prizes)
  • Prize gaming
  • Provisional Statements

The forms for applying for these are available below.


We are also responsible for administering:

  • temporary use notices for the temporary use of a premises for gambling, and
  • occasional use notices to allow temporary betting on a track
  • registering small society lotteries (under £20,000 ticket sales)

If you are going to apply for a licence, notice or permit you'll need to read our Gambling Policy first. 


The Licensing Unit will undertake inspections and enforce the correct use of licences, permits and notices. We will also register small scale society lotteries.

Gambling Policy

There is a requirement for Sedgemoor District Council to review its Gambling Policy ("Statement of Principles") every three years. The Policy is currently in place for the period 2019 to 2022 and sets out our approach to the Council's licensing functions in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005.

A link to the policy is available below.


Further information is available from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Gambling Commission. A link to the Gambling Commission is available here:  Gambling Commission - Fundraising with small society lotteries

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