Gambling Act

The Gambling Act 2005 ("the Act") came info force on 1 September 2007.  It replaced most of the existing law about Gambling in Great Britain and put in place an improved, more comprehensive structure of gambling regulation. 

The Act contains three objectives that underpin the entire legislation:

  • keeping gambling free from crime
  • making sure that gambling is fair and open
  • protecting children and vulnerable adults.

It transferred all responsibility for the licensing of gambling premises and issuing permits to local authorities acting as Licensing Authorities.

Licensing Authorities now issue premises licences for the following activities:

  • Bingo
  • Betting
  • Adult Gaming Centres
  • Family Entertainment Centres
  • Casinos

Application may also be made for Provisional Statements

Permits are issued for:

  • Gaming machines in licensed premises such as pubs
  • Gaming machines for Members Clubs
  • Other gaming activities in Members Clubs
  • Category 'D' machines* in unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres
  • Prize Gaming

We also register Small Society Lotteries and issue

  • Occasional Use Notices
  • Temporary Use Notices

Statement of Gambling Policy

The Act requires all Licensing Authorities to prepare, consult on and publish every three years a Statement of Gambling Policy setting out how the Authority will manage the licensing of local gambling premises.  West Somerset Council published its reviewed policy in Jan 2010.

The Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commission are responsible for issuing Operating Licenses and Personal Licences for commercial gambling operators and personnel working within the industry.

The Commission also regulate remote gambling including telephone, internet, computer gambling etc.