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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


4 - Lapse, surrender and forfeiture

24.14. The permit may lapse for a number of reasons, namely:

  • if the holder ceases to occupy the premises
  • if the licensing authority notifies the holder that the premises are not being used as an uFEC
  • if an individual permit holder dies, becomes incapable by reason of mental or physical incapacity, becomes bankrupt, or sequestration of his estate is ordered
  • if the company holding the permit ceases to exist or goes into liquidation.

24.15. The purpose of the second reason listed above is to ensure that there is no erosion of the principle that an uFEC permit should be obtained for premises that are wholly or mainly used for gaming machines. Licensing authorities would need to use this power in circumstances in which, since the grant of the permit, other activities have been introduced in the premises that mean the gaming machines have become ancillary.

24.16. In the last two circumstances listed above, the Act provides that the personal representative (in the case of death), trustee of the bankrupt estate or liquidator of the company may rely on the permit for a period of six months as though it had effect and was issued to them.

24.17. The permit may also cease to have effect if the holder surrenders it to the licensing authority. Notice of such surrender must be accompanied by the permit, or by an explanation of why the permit cannot be produced.

24.18. If the permit holder is convicted of a relevant offence the court may order the forfeiture of the permit. The court may order the holder to deliver the permit to the licensing authority and it must, in any case, notify the licensing authority that it has made a forfeiture order as soon as is reasonably practicable after making the order. Such an order may be suspended by a higher court, pending appeal.

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