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Part 32: Territorial application of the Gambling Act 2005

  1. Territorial application of the Gambling Act 2005

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32.1 The Act only applies to Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) except for two main areas which also apply in Northern Ireland. These are:

  • Chain gift schemes dealt with in Part 35 of this guidance
  • Offences relating to foreign gambling (s.331 of the Act).


32.2 Vessels such as cruise ships, ferries, boats and hovercrafts are required to have a premises licence if commercial gambling is provided at them. However if a vessel is engaged on a journey into or from international waters then no premises licence is required. Further information is available at Part 7 paragraphs 7.12 to 7.17.


32.3 No premises licences can be issued in respect of a vehicle. In addition to a car, lorry or coach, the Act also provides that ‘vehicle’ includes a train, aircraft, seaplane and any amphibious vehicle other than a hovercraft. There is no exemption for international travel. Whilst this is ultimately a matter for the courts it is the Commission’s view that a vehicle remains a vehicle not only when stationary but also if located permanently at a particular site, perhaps with its wheels removed but capable of being re-instated.


32.4 No offence occurs if gambling is conducted on an aircraft which is in international space. As an aircraft is a vehicle, no premises licences can be granted to aircraft for gambling in domestic airspace.