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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


7 - Commission codes of practice

26.34. The Commission has issued a code of practice under s.24 of the Act in respect of exempt equal chance gaming.

26.35. The code of practice requires owners or licensees to adopt good practice measures for the provision of gaming in general and poker in particular. The code also sets out the stakes and prizes limits laid out in regulations.

26.36. The emphasis of the regulations and the code of practice is on self-regulation by the management of the premises and licensing authorities should take a strong line in cases where breaches are detected.

26.37. Under s.310(2) of the Act, an authorised licensing authority officer may enter premises with an alcohol licence for the purpose of:

  • determining whether the gaming satisfies the conditions in s.279 of the Act
  • in the case of bingo played on the premises, determining:
  1. whether the terms and conditions of any relevant operating licence are being complied with
  2. whether s.281 of the Act applies.
  • ascertaining the number and category of gaming machines being made available for use on the premises.

26.38. Additionally, the Commission’s Code of practice on gaming machines in alcohol-licensed premises includes sections relating to:

  • the location and operation of machines, which are a requirement of machine permits
  • access to gambling by children and young persons, which sets out good practice guidance for permit holders
  • customer complaints and disputes, which again sets out good practice for permit holders.
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