Gambling and lottery licences

The 2005 Gambling Act ("the Act") came into force on 1 September 2007. The act transferred the responsibility for issuing gambling licences from the magistrates' courts to local authority control. It has replaced three previous acts relating to gambling, namely: the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, the Gaming Act 1968 and the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976. It has also introduced a unified regulator for gambling; the Gambling Commission which has replaced the Gaming Board for Great Britain.

The licensing objectives

The act contains three licensing objectives, which underpin the functions that the Gambling Commission and the council, as licensing authority will perform. They are:

  • 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; and
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Not all licences you may require are granted by Amber Valley Borough Council, certain licences are issued by The Gambling Commission.

It is strongly recommended that you read the our statement of gambling principles prior to making any application. 

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