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Be aware of OUNs!

As preparations gear up for some of the big racing events, LAs are reminded that Occasional Use Notices (OUN) are designed to allow licensed betting operators to provide betting facilities at genuine sporting events, such as point-to point racecourses and golf courses for major competitions, within the boundaries of the identified venue on a specific date. 

We are aware of a small number of instances whereby OUNs have been misused.  Local sporting clubs, or other venues seeking to become tracks through a contrived sporting event, have utilised OUNs to solely or primarily facilitate betting taking place on events occurring away from the identified venue.   

For example, a local hotel or club could seek to host a themed event coinciding with the Cheltenham Festival (March 10 – 13) and the Aintree Grand National meeting (April 2 – 4), claiming that a darts competition will be taking place at the venue thus permitting that a bookmaker could attend and accept bets on the darts event when in reality they will primarily be there to take bets on the horse-racing taking place elsewhere.

Please ensure that you contact your local compliance manager for advice if you should receive an OUN that does not relate to a genuine recognised sporting event. 

LAs are also reminded that an OUN must be submitted for EACH day that the betting activity will be conducted on the premises. For example 4 notices for 4 consecutive days of betting and not one notice covering the 4 days. 

More information about OUNs is available on our website.

Issuing premises licences and plans

Following some feedback from industry trade bodies about delays in premises licences being issued, and examples of premises licences being issued without plans attached, LAs are reminded that s164 of the Gambling Act 2005 (the Act) states 

Where a licensing authority grant an application for a premises licence they shall as soon as is reasonably practicable:

b) issue a premises licence to the applicant, and

(c) give the applicant a summary of the terms and conditions of the licence in the prescribed form.

The Gambling Act 2005 (Premises Licences and Provisional Statements) Regulations 2007  and The Gambling Act 2005 (Premises Licences and Provisional Statements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 set out the prescribed forms for the premises licences (Schedule 9) and the summary (Schedule 10).

Word version of these and all other statutory forms are available on our website.

Schedule 9 of these Regulations makes it clear that the relevant plan of the premises must be attached to the full licence when it is issued to the applicant. 

The Gambling Act (Mandatory and Default (England and Wales) and (Scotland) Regulations 2007 stipulate that the summary of the premises licence shall be displayed in a prominent place within the premises, whilst the Act requires the full premises licence to be kept on the premises with the plan (s185).  Operators are unable to meet these requirements where LAs have not issued the full premises licence and /or summary.

Premises register data review

Thank you to those LAs that have already responded to our requests to confirm that the information held in the national premises register, is accurate and/or provide amendments.

We are continuing to carry out this routine cleanse of the register which is compiled from gambling premises information submitted to us by LAs.  If you have yet to receive any correspondence about this data cleanse exercise please contact our data management team who are coordinating the work datamgmt@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

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