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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


7 - Casino premises licence conditions

17.33. Part 9 of this guidance discusses the mandatory and default conditions that attach to premises licences.

Mandatory conditions – all casino premises licences

17.34. Access to premises is regulated to add additional safeguards for both the public and industry. The principal entrance to the casino should be from a street. A street is defined as including any bridge, road, lane, footway, subway, square, court, alley or passage (including passages through enclosed premises such as shopping centres), whether it is a thoroughfare or not.

17.35. No customer must be able to enter the casino from any other premises holding a casino, bingo, adult gaming centre (AGC), family entertainment centre (FEC) or betting premises licence, or from premises where a FEC, club gaming and club machine, or licensed premises gaming machine permit, has effect.

17.36. There should be no access to a casino from premises wholly or mainly used by children and young persons.

17.37. No other gambling equipment may be situated within two metres of any ordinary gaming table. For the purposes of these conditions an ordinary gaming table means one which is not wholly or partially automated.

17.38. A maximum of 40 separate player positions may be made available for use in relation to wholly automated gaming tables at any time.

17.39. All casinos must display the rules of each type of casino game that can be played on the premises in a prominent place within both the table gaming area and other gambling areas to which customers have unrestricted access. Licensees may do this either by displaying clear and legible signs or by making available to customers leaflets or other written material setting out the rules.

17.40. ATMs must be positioned so that customers must cease to gamble at tables or gaming machines in order to use them.

Mandatory conditions – large casino premises licences

17.41. A notice shall be displayed at all entrances to the casino stating that no person under the age of 18 will be admitted.

17.42. Large casinos must provide a minimum table gaming area of 1000m2. In determining the floor area of the table gaming area, any number of separate areas within the casino may be taken into account. However, no area counting towards the minimum table gaming area may comprise less than 12.5 percent of the total minimum table gaming area. No gambling shall be permitted in the table gaming area of the premises other than gambling by way of table gaming.

17.43. Large casinos must offer a non-gambling area of a minimum of 500m2. These areas must be readily available to customers (for example, offices, kitchen areas, employee areas will not count). They may include but should not consist exclusively of lavatories and lobby areas. The area must also include recreational facilities for casino customers that are available for use when the casino is open; where there is more than one area each area must contain recreational facilities. No gambling facilities may be offered in the non-gambling areas. In England and Wales, the non-gambling area may consist of one or more areas within the casino.

17.44. Clear and accessible information about the terms on which a bet may be placed should be displayed in a prominent position on the premises.

17.45. Any admission charges, the charges for playing bingo games and the rules of bingo must be displayed in a prominent position on the premises. Rules can be displayed on a sign, by making available leaflets or other written materials containing the rules, or running an audio-visual guide to the rules prior to any bingo game being commenced.

17.46. No more than 40 separate betting positions may be made available for use if betting is provided by means of terminals rather than an over the counter service.

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