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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


4 - Licences and other permissions for the provision of betting facilities

20.22. A track premises licence permits the premises to be used for the provision of facilities for betting, but does not permit the licence holder to provide casino, bingo or other types of gambling on tracks, as these activities must be the subject of separate premises licences.

20.23. Sporting events and races take place at many different venues including hotels, conference centres, on agricultural land, and at designated sporting venues such as football grounds. In many cases such venues do not hold sporting events all year round and the number of ‘event’ days may be limited. The Act provides that if certain conditions are met, a premises licence is not always required to permit betting facilities at such events.

20.24. S.39 of the Act provides that where there is betting on a track on eight days or fewer in a calendar year, betting may be permitted by an OUN, as described at Part 15 of this guidance. This permits licensed betting operators to provide facilities for betting on tracks for short periods. An OUN may be suitable for a point-to-point track which holds race meetings eight times a year or less. No conditions are attached to an OUN. However, only licensed betting operators may offer betting facilities at such tracks, otherwise an offence would be committed under s.33 of the Act.

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