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Gambling Act 2005

Gambling Licences

The Gambling Act 2005 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 Licensing Objectives

The Act contains three licensing objectives which underpin the functions that the Gambling Commission and the Council, as licensing authority will perform. These objectives are central to the new regulatory regime created by the Act. They are:   

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

Types of Licence

There are three types of licence provided by the Act:   

  • An Operating Licence authorises the holder to provide specified gambling facilities. Operating Licences are granted and regulated by the Gambling Commission.
  • A Personal Licence authorises the holder to carry out specified management or operational functions connected with a gambling business. Personal Licences are granted by the Gambling Commission.
  • A Premises Licence is for the property where the gambling takes place and is granted by the Council, as licensing authority.

Statement of Principles

Section 349 of The Gambling Act 2005 requires that every local authority publish a Statement of the Principles that it proposes to apply when exercising its functions under the Act. The Act also requires that the local authority review its policy at least every 3 years and as such, our existing Statement needs to be renewed in January 2022.

At its meeting on 7 September 2021, the Council’s Licensing Committee decided that prior to the revised statement being adopted, there should be a consultation period (between 10 September 2021 and 24 October 2021) during which time consultees and members of the public may submit comments.

You can view the Statement of Principles 2022-2025 or a hard copy is available on request.

Should you wish to contribute to the consultation, responses can be made by writing to The Administration & Licensing Officer, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe BB7 2RA or by e-mail: 

The deadline for responses is 24 October 2021

Local Authority responsibilities

Ribble 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:
    • Casinos
    • Betting offices
    • Sporting tracks, including horse racing and dog tracks
    • Bingo clubs
    • Adult gaming centres
    • Family Entertainment Centres
  • 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. machines that have the lowest level of stakes and prizes)
    • Prize gaming
  • Occasional Use Notices
  • Temporary Use Notices
  • Provisional Statements
  • Small Society Lotteries


Further information is available from on GOV.UK and from the Gambling Commission.

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