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The Gambling Commission has today published the revised version of its Guidance to Licensing Authorities. ...
The Gambling Commission has today published the revised version of its Guidance to Licensing Authorities.

Under the Gambling Act 2005, local authorities will have a range of new responsibilities related to gambling. These include licensing any premises used for gambling, regulating the use of gaming machines and the playing of games such as poker in pubs and clubs, and granting permits to certain types of amusement arcades. The Gambling Commission is responsible for advising them on these functions.

Before the Gambling Act comes into force in September next year, all licensing authorities are required to publish a three-year licensing policy statement. This will set out their proposed approach to their functions, and how they will meet the objectives of the Gambling Act, of keeping crime out of gambling, ensuring it is fair and open, and protecting children and vulnerable people.

Gambling Commission chief executive Jenny Williams said: 'The guidance we have published today will help licensing authorities develop their policies for licensing gambling establishments in their areas. We are encouraging them to consult widely so they can take full account of local views, while having regard to the commission's best practice guidance. We are publishing our guidance now to allow sufficient time for them to do so.'


Copies of the Guidance to Licensing Authorities are available to download here.

This final version of the main part of the commission's Guidance to Licensing Authorities reflects the views of over 150 local authorities who attended the Commission's consultation events or sent in comments on the previous version. A summary of responses received and list of respondents is available from the website.

There are two further parts of the commission's guidance to licensing authorities. Guidelines on the registration and administration of small society lotteries was issued for consultation in March 2006, and the third and final part of the guidance, on licensing authorities' compliance and enforcement function, will be published for consultation during the summer.

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