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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


1 - Introduction

2.1.The Act creates three types of licence:

  • operating licences, which are required by businesses in order to provide gambling facilities lawfully
  • personal licences, which are required by some people working in the gambling industry
  • premises licences, which are required to authorise premises to provide gambling facilities.

2.2. The Commission has responsibility for granting operating and personal licences for commercial gambling operators and personnel working in the industry.

2.3. Licensing authorities have responsibility for licensing gambling premises within their area, as well as undertaking functions in relation to lower stake gaming machines in clubs and miners’ welfare institutes. In England and Wales, local authorities have these responsibilities; in Scotland they have been given to licensing boards. The Act also provides a system of temporary and occasional use notices. These enable licensing authorities to authorise premises that are not licensed generally for gambling purposes, to be used for certain types of gambling for limited periods. Part 14 of this guidance and Part 15 of this guidance provide more information on temporary and occasional use notices.

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