Gambling, lotteries and gaming machines

The Gambling Act 2005 received Royal Assent on 7 April 2005.

The Act replaces most of the existing law on gaming and introduces the Gambling Commission, an authority which will regulate the gambling industry. The Gambling Commission will also issue personal and operators licences.

Licensing authorities (the Council) will be responsible for:

Note: Premises include bingo halls, betting shops, amusement arcades and casinos.

The Act has three principal '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.

All councils must write and publish a 'Statement of Policy'. This statement is based on the above objectives and sets out how the law will be applied locally. Woking Borough Council's Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Policy was adopted on 3rd of December 2015. .