Bingo premises must primarily offer bingo
Date: 19 April
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) has today reminded
licensed operators that licensed bingo premises must offer bingo as
the primary gambling activity in line with the Commission’s Licence
Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP).
The Commission is monitoring closely a number of former arcade
businesses, who appear to be offering gaming machines as the
primary gambling activity on bingo premises. Earlier this year the
Commission issued a similar reminder with regard to betting
The Gambling Commission’s Director of Strategy, Research and
Analysis Matthew Hill said:
“You cannot expect to use a bingo licence to run a business that
isn’t bingo just to take advantage of the gaming machines
“Operators of bingo premises should ensure that sufficient
provision is made to ensure the primary gambling activity is
The Commission has said that bingo premises where bingo is not
the primary gambling activity are likely to attract further
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.
Guidance to licensing authorities - May 2009 and
conditions and codes of practice - consolidated December 2011 are available on
the Gambling Commission website.
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via email@example.com.