Betting premises must primarily offer betting
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) has today reminded
licensed operators that betting premises must offer betting as the
primary gambling activity in line with the Commission’s Licence
Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) (Supplement 4).
The reminder comes following the recent rejection of two betting
premises licence applications by local councils. In both cases, the
Commission made representations with the aim of establishing
principle and precedent with regard to the provision of the primary
gambling activity. In more than 20 cases where the Commission has
directly supported local councils, the operator has either
withdrawn or the local council has decided not to grant the
The Gambling Commission’s Director of Regulation, Nick Tofiluk
“These cases are a reminder to licensed betting operators that
betting must be the primary gambling activity on their betting
“Those seeking to operate betting premises where betting appears
not to be the primary gambling activity can expect to face
difficulties in being granted a premises licence and are likely to
attract further regulatory attention from the Gambling
The Commission is closely monitoring a number of operators who
appear to be offering gaming machines as the primary gambling
activity on their betting premises. As a result of compliance work
it is reviewing the operations of some licence holders.
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing
authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by
ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by
protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or
exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
- 2. The Commission and local licensing authorities
are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in
Great Britain other than the National Lottery and spread betting,
which are the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission and
the Financial Services Authority (FSA) respectively.
- 3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our website
for information on legal advice.
- 4. The two recent premises licence applications were heard at
South Rochford District Council on 29 October 2010 and Thurrock
Council on 7 December 2010.
- 5. The Commission’s
Guidance to licensing authorities - May 2009 and
conditions and codes of practice - consolidated December 2011 can be downloaded from
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via email@example.com.