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Working with local licensing authorities

The Gambling Act 2005 (opens in a new tab) designates certain classes of local authorities in England and Wales (and licensing boards in Scotland) as licensing authorities.

Licensing authorities have local responsibilities for gambling

Licensing authorities have a number of important regulatory functions in relation to licensing premises for gambling, including:

  • issuing premises licences
  • regulating gaming and gaming machines in clubs and on alcohol licensed premises
  • granting permits to family entertainment centres for the use of certain lower stake gaming machines
  • granting permits for prize gaming
  • registering small society lotteries
  • horse and dog tracks
  • inspection and enforcement of licences, permits and permissions.

You can find your local council on GOV.UK (opens in a new tab)

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