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:
This means playing a game of chance for a prize.
This means making or accepting a bet on:
Lotteries can't be run for commercial gain and are where:
The Gambling Commission is the national gambling regulator. They are responsible for issuing:
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 three objectives of the Gambling Act are:
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:
We are responsible for issuing:
Premises licences for:
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.
The forms for applying for these are available below.
We are also responsible for administering:
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.
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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