Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act is a regulatory system to govern the provision of all gambling in Great Britain, other than the National Lottery and Spread Betting. Responsibility for the regulation of gambling is shared between the Gambling Commission and local authorities.

Premises licences are granted by local authorities and we can receive applications under the Gambling Act 2005 from:

  • amusement arcades
  • casinos
  • bookmakers
  • tracks and sporting sites
  • bingo halls
  • pubs/clubs wanting to have gaming machines
There are fees associated with these applications.

If you require further information about the Gambling Act 2005 you can contact us by email ( or call us on 01202 261700 and ask to speak to a licensing officer.

Copies of the Gambling Act 2005 can be obtained from the Stationery Office bookshops. Information about the Act is also available from the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Page last updated: 12 October 2020
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