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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


1 - Introduction

28.1. The Act permits gambling without any specific permissions under limited circumstances, namely:

  • non-commercial gaming
  • private gaming and betting
  • incidental lotteries
  • private society lotteries
  • work lotteries
  • residents’ lotteries
  • customer lotteries16.

Children and young persons are permitted to participate in all of the above, except for customer lotteries where children are not permitted to participate (S.46 and s.48 of the Act).

28.2. With regard to exempt lotteries, this part addresses incidental lotteries only. Further information about exempt lotteries in general is available in Organising small lotteries: Advice on lotteries that do not require a licence or registration.


16 Further details what is permitted for customer lotteries in pubs and clubs is available in the LA Toolkit - Pubs and clubs - case studies, Advice and guidance updates.

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