Licensing - Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005, introduced a new system of regulation for gambling in this country, which replaced the system or regulation set out in the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, the Gaming Act 1968 and the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976.

There are 3 key licensing objectives:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder
  • ensuring gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Harlow Council - The Licensing Authority

Since September 2007, Harlow Council became the licensing authority responsible for issuing premises licences for Gambling activities throughout the Harlow district, working in partnership with the Gambling Commission.

The Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commission has responsibility for overall regulation, for issuing guidance to licensing authorities and for issuing operator's and personal licences to individuals. Anyone providing facilities for gambling, including remote gambling, will require an operating licence from the Gambling Commission and key individuals in gambling businesses will also require a personal licence issued by the Gambling Commission.

Gambling Register

Harlow Council maintains a register of applications made under the Gambling Act 2005 which may be inspected at Harlow Council, Civic Centre, Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

Other additional information

It should be noted that, unlike the Licensing Act, the Gambling Act does not include a specific licensing objective in relation to public nuisance. Any objections to new premises or requests for a review of a licence should be based on the following licensing objectives:

  • 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.

For further information please contact the Licensing Team.