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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


9 - Other powers

36.43. Licensing authorities may want to consider whether their officers have powers under other relevant legislation, such as the Licensing Act 2003 (opens in new tab) or Local Government Act 1972 (opens in new tab). For example, s.87, s.88 and s.89 of the Licensing Act 2003 give licensing authorities the ability to review club premises certificates, including suspending and withdrawing certificates, and s.90 allows licensing authorities to withdraw certificates where it appears to the licensing authority that the club does not satisfy the conditions for being a qualifying club.

36.44. There are various local authority and police powers to manage issues such as street drinking and anti-social behaviour, and licensing authorities should look to these powers in the first instance as being more appropriate remedies than the Act.

36.45. Whilst of limited use due to the absence of a central database and the ability to share information with other authorities, licensing authorities may wish to consider the use of police cautions as a deterrent.

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