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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


1 - Introduction

19.1. The Act contains a single class of licence for betting premises although within this, there are different types of premises which require licensing. This part of the guidance discusses off-course betting which is betting that takes place other than at a track in what was previously known as a licensed betting office. Tracks are discussed in Part 20 of this guidance. Please note that there are also betting offices on tracks, that have a separate premises licence from the track licence, which are also discussed in Part 20 of this guidance.

19.2. The Act also permits betting intermediaries to operate from premises. S.13 of the Act defines a betting intermediary as a person who provides a service designed to facilitate the making or acceptance of bets between others. Although betting intermediaries usually offer their services via remote communication, such as the internet, a betting intermediary can apply for a betting premises licence to offer intermediary services upon the premises, such as a premises based trading room. The Commission has issued an advice note on betting intermediaries (opens in new tab) (this advice note does not form part of the Guidance to licensing authorities).

19.3. Licensing authorities are responsible for issuing and monitoring premises licences for all betting premises. The issuing of premises licences is discussed in Part 7 of this guidance.

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