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Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005 replaces most of the existing laws about gambling in Great Britain and replaces it with an improved, more comprehensive structure of gambling regulation. It transfers the responsibility for gaming premises from the Magistrates to the Licensing Authority and increases the powers of the Gambling Commission.


The Licensing Authority's main functions are:
  • To issue Premises Licences for Casinos, Betting Offices and Race Tracks, Bingo Clubs, Adult Gaming Centres, and Family Entertainment Centres.
  • To grant Permits for Gaming Machines in members' clubs and licensed premises, Prize Gaming and Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres.
  • To authorise the temporary use of premises for gambling
  • To register Small Society Lotteries.
The Act requires Licensing Authorities to prepare and publish a Gambling Licensing Policy. This policy outlines the principles which the Licensing Authority proposes to apply when exercising it's functions:
There are three Licensing Objectives which underpin the Gambling Act:-
  • To prevent gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder, or being used to support crime;
  • To ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way;
  • To protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

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Application Packs


1. New Premises Licence



2. New Premises Licence (Vessel)



3. Premises Licence Variation 



4. Premises Licence Variation (Vessel) 




5. Reinstatement of Premises Licence 




6. Reinstatement of Premises Licence (Vessel) 



7. Transfer of Premises Licence 



8. Transfer of Premises Licence (Vessel) 



9. Provisional Statement Premises Licence




10. Provisional Statement Premises Licence (Vessel)


11. Prize Gaming Permit



12. Family Entertainment Centre Permit




13. Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permit




14. Temporary Use Notices


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The Licensing Authority
Scarborough Borough Council
Town Hall
St. Nicholas Street
North Yorkshire
YO11 2HG
Tel: 01723 232323
Fax: 01723 365280
Scarborough Borough Council,Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire. YO11 2HG
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