The 2005 Gambling Act ("the Act") came into force on 1 September 2007. The act transferred the responsibility for issuing gambling licences from the magistrates' courts to local authority control. It has replaced three previous acts relating to gambling, namely: the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, the Gaming Act 1968 and the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976. It has also introduced a unified regulator for gambling; the Gambling Commission which has replaced the Gaming Board for Great Britain.
The act contains three licensing objectives, which underpin the functions that the Gambling Commission and the council, as licensing authority will perform. They are:
There are three types of licence provided by the act:
Individuals or companies who intend to provide facilities for gambling require an operating licence. Operating licences are granted and regulated by the Gambling Commission.
A personal licence is required by the directors/managers (personal management licence) and by those performing operational functions (e.g. croupiers (personal function licence). The Gambling Commission grants personal licences.
Premises licences are issued by Amber Valley Borough Council for all premises within the borough and are required for the premises where the gambling will take place. Licences last indefinitely and annual fee will be payable.
Amber Valley Borough Council is responsible for issuing various permissions, permits and notices relating to the use of premises for gambling activities, including:
Premises licences for:
The borough council is required to publish a statement of the principles, which it proposes to apply when exercising its functions under the Act. The statement must be published every three years. The statement must also be reviewed from time to time and any amended parts re-consulted upon. The statement must then be re-published.
The current policy has been in place since January 2016. This statement has been reviewed and will be replaced with the revised statement on 31st January 2019.
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