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Gambling Act 2005

Under the Gambling Act 2005, Bedford Borough Council is the Licensing Authority for gambling within the boundaries of its Borough.  The Authority will also maintain a register of small scale society lotteries. 

The Council enforces compliance with the conditions of licences, permits and notices by undertaking inspections.

Bedford Borough Council is responsible for issuing the following authorisations:

Premises Licences for: 

  • Casinos
  • Betting offices and race tracks
  • Bingo clubs
  • Adult gaming centres
  • Family entertainment centre

Permits  for: 

  • Gaming machines in alcohol-licensed premises, such as pubs
  • Gaming machines for members clubs
  • Gaming in members clubs
  • Unlicensed family entertainment centres
    (Category D machines only - i.e. those that have the lowest level of stakes and prizes)
  • Prize gaming
    More about permits
  • Occasional Use Notices
  • Temporary Use Notices
  • Provisional Statements

 

Applications
To download application forms, please click here

For a list of responsible authorities under to 2005 Act, please use the link below:

List of Responsible Authorities for GA2005

 

For details of the fees associated with authorisations under the Gambling Act use the link below:

Fees Schedule GA2005

 

Policy Statement of Gambling Licensing Principles

Bedford Borough Council adopted its current statement of gambling licensing principles (its Licensing Policy) on 28 November 2012. The Licensing Policy was published on 24 December 2012 and became effective on 31 January 2013.  You can access this Statement using the following link:

Statement of Principles

 

You can also read the Notice advertising the adoption of the Statement using the following link:

 

Notice to Advertise the Statement of Principles

 

A copy of the Statement of Principles is also available for inspection at the Authority’s offices at the Customer Engagement Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford MK40 1RA during normal office hours.


Gambling Act 2005
The Gambling Act 2005 (‘the 2005 Act’) defines gambling as: gaming; betting; or participating in a lottery. Premises that provide gambling facilities and do not have an operating licence and comply with its terms and conditions; or fail to satisfy an exception under the Act, may have committed a criminal offence, and could be liable on summary conviction to 51 weeks imprisonment; and/or a fine not exceeding £5,000 (level 5).
The Council aims to grant applications to provide facilities for gambling if we consider that the application is:

  • reasonably consistent with licensing objectives;
  • in accordance with the Council’s Statement of Gambling Licensing Principles (see above);
  • in accordance with the codes of practice;
  • and in accordance with the Gambling Commission Guidance

The licensing objectives of the 2005 Act are wide ranging and impact across the community and business sectors, including justice, education, the social sector, tourism, and economic development.

 

INTERNET LINKS:

Gambling Commission

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

LACORS

 

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