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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


6 - Converted casinos (with preserved rights under Schedule 18 of the Act)

17.30. Casino operators with licences granted under the Gaming Act 1968 were eligible to be granted a casino premises licence under ‘grandfathering’ arrangements. Additionally, special provisions apply to enable these operators to relocate premises by way of a variation to a converted casino premises licence providing those premises are wholly or partly situated in the area of the licensing authority which issued the licence (SI 2006/3272: The Gambling Act 2005 (Commencement No. 6 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2006 (opens in new tab); Schedule 4, paragraph 65 (12,13)).

17.31. These casinos will retain the rights to gaming machines equivalent to their entitlements under previous legislation. That means they are permitted no more than 20 machines of category B to D (except B3A machines), or they may elect to have any number of category C or D machines instead (as was previously the case under s. 32 of the Gaming Act 1968 (opens in new tab) (SI 2006/3272: Commencement No 6 and Transitional Provisions Order (opens in new tab) Schedule 4 paragraph 65(6))). There is no table-to-machine ratio in these casinos.

17.32. These premises licences are subject to the normal system of review as outlined in Part 10 of this guidance. Where a licensing authority has passed a ‘no casino’ resolution, this may not be taken into account in considering whether to review a premises licence.

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