Gambling premises licence
Last updated: 23/01/2014
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There are three types of licences issued under the Gambling
Required by individuals or companies who intend to provide
facilities for gambling. This is granted by the Gambling
Required by directors/managers (Personal Management Licence) and
by those performing operational functions e.g. croupiers (Personal
Functional Licence). All personal licences are granted by the
Required for premises where gambling will take place. Premises
licences are issued by the licensing authority, in this case
Cornwall Council. For more information, follow the Premises
Licences link below.
The Gambling Act regulates various types of gambling and
gaming. Further information can be found on the links
You can view a list of the current
gambling fees here. Please contact the Licensing Service
for more information.
The Gambling Act
Gambling premises are regulated by the Gambling Act 2005.
The Gambling Act came into force on 1 September 2007 and seeks to
strengthen consumer protection in relation to gambling whilst
reducing the burden of regulation. In doing so it replaces the
provisions of three existing Acts of Parliament:
- The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963
- The Gaming Act 1968
- The Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976
The Gambling Act 2005 sets three licensing objectives:
- Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder,
being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support
- Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way,
- Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being
harmed or exploited by gambling
The Gambling Act 2005 also set up a new regulator, the Gambling Commission,
with powers to deal with gambling offences.
Remote gambling means gambling in which persons participate by
the use of remote communication. In order to operate a remote
gambling operation, there must be in force a remote operating
licence issued by the Gambling Commission - please visit the
Gambling Commission website for more information.
The Gambling Act 2005 requires licensing authorities to produce
a Statement of Principles. You can download Cornwall
Council's current Gambling Act
2005 Statement of Principles here, or it can be inspected at
the offices of Licensing Services during normal office hours.
Please follow the links below for factsheets and
guidance on issues covered by the Gambling Act.
Further information about gambling can be found on the following