Gambling, gaming and lotteries licences

This page gives you information about the Gambling Act 2005 and the legal requirements. You will find links to pages that detail the different types of licenses, permits and notifications available.

You will also find application forms, information about application fees and any necessary conditions that must be met

You can apply for many of our licenses online.

The Gambling Act 2005

All gambling activities (with the exception of the National Lottery and spread betting) are regulated by the Gambling Act 2005. Gambling is defined in the Act as either gaming, betting or taking part in a lottery. The type of activities covered by the act includes:

  • Betting. Making or accepting a bet on the outcome of a race, competition, or any other event; the likelihood of anything occurring or not occurring; or whether anything is true or not true.
  • Bingo. This includes both cash and prize bingo.
  • Casino gaming. Games of chance involving playing or staking against a bank.
  • Prize gaming. Low stake and prize gambling where the size of the prize is not determined by the number of persons playing, for example certain types of bingo.
  • Use of gaming machines. This includes gaming machines in pubs and private members clubs.
  • Lotteries, raffles and other prize draws where persons are required to pay in order to take part in an arrangement, during the course of which one or more prizes are allocated by a process which relies wholly on chance.

The Local Authority acting as the Licensing Authority are responsible for licensing premises where gambling takes place, and provide authorisations to gamble in premises where gambling is not the main activity (for example gaming machines in pubs).

The Gambling Commission are responsible for licensing operators and individuals involved in providing gambling and betting facilities.

Permissions under the Gambling Act 2005

Three types of licence are required under the Act. The first two licence types are issued by the Gambling Commission.

  • An Operating Licence concerned with the management and conduct of gambling
  • A Personal Licence with key operational functions connected with the gambling business
The following licenses and permissions are issued by us:
  • Premises Licence. The operators of gambling premises, such as casinos, betting shops, bingo halls and amusement arcades, must hold a premises licence to authorise the gambling activities being carried out there.
  • Gaming Machine Permits. Permits are issued to premises that either offer low stake and prize gaming, or premises whose primary function is not the provision of gaming facilities for example gaming machines in pubs and clubs.
  • Lotteries. Prize draws that rely on an element of chance to select a winner including lotteries, raffles and tombola's are controlled under the Gambling Act 2005.
  • Occasional Gambling Activities. Certain gambling activities can be approved on a short-term, infrequent basis, through a temporary use notice or an occasional use notice.

Key Measures in the Gambling Act 2005

Licensing Objectives

In exercising their functions under the Gambling Act 2005, Licensing Authorities must have regard to the Licensing Objectives. The Licensing Objectives are:

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

As a Licensing Authority, we are required to permit the use of premises for gambling in so far as we think that the use is:

  • In accordance with any relevant codes of practice
  • In accordance with any relevant guidance issued by the Gambling Commission
  • Reasonably consistent with the Licensing Objectives
  • In accordance with the Licensing Authority's Statement of Principles.

Statement of Policy and Principles

Under the Gambling Act 2005 licensing authorities are required to publish a Statement of Policy and Principles. This statement sets out the general approach to the making of licensing decisions. The Council has adopted a no casino policy which is included in the statement of policy and principles.

Raising representations or seeking a review

Residents, businesses and legal authorities (for example the police) are able to raise representations in relation to new applications and applications to vary premises licence, but these cannot be on moral grounds or on the grounds of 'demand' or 'need' for the premises. They can also seek the review of a licensed premises if it is causing problems. We will also investigate complaints relating to licensed and unlicensed premises.

Raising representations or seeking a review

Public Register

As the licensing authority for the Gambling Act 2005, we are required to maintain a public register of all premises licences, permits and lottery registrations in force in Wandsworth. This register shows current permissions only. For more information on any of the information provided please contact us.