Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005 provides the regulations to govern the provisions of gambling. It is illegal to provide facilities for gambling or use premises for gambling without the appropriate permission. Those permissions come in the form of a licence, permit or registration granted in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 or from an exemption given by the Act. The Gambling Act 2005 contains three licensing objectives which underpin the functions that the Gambling Commission and Licensing Authorities perform. These objectives are:

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime and 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 people from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

The Gambling Commission regulates gambling and they are responsible for issuing operating and personal licences.  

South Norfolk Council as the Licensing Authority is responsible for gambling at a local level. The Gambling Act 2005 empowers the local authority to:

  • Licence premises for gambling activities
  • Consider notices given for the temporary use of premises for gambling
  • Grant permits for gaming and gaming machines in clubs and miners welfare institutes
  • Regulate gaming and gaming machines in alcohol-licensed premises
  • Grant permits to family entertainment centres (FECs) for the use of certain lower stake gaming machines
  • Grant permits for prize gaming
  • Consider occasional use notices for betting at tracks
  • Register small societies lotteries.

Section 25 of the Gambling Act 2005 requires the Gambling Commission to issue guidance for local authorities in exercising their functions under the Act. View the current Gambling Commission guidance.

Gambling licences

To apply for a gambling licence in South Norfolk, visit our Gambling licences page.