The Gambling Act 2005 came into force on 1 September 2007 and created a new regulatory system to govern the provision of all gambling in Great Britain, other than the National Lottery and spread betting.
The Act removed from the licensing justices all responsibility for granting gaming and betting permissions and introduced for the first time a unified independent regulatory body for the gambling industry, the Gambling Commission. While the Gambling Commission regulates the gambling industry, the role of the Licensing Authority, Birmingham City Council, is to issue Premises Licences, regulate and issue Gambling Permits in clubs and pubs, register Small Society Lotteries, and other required authorisations within the City.
The City Council is required to draft, consult on and publish a Statement of Licensing Principles which sets out the policies and principles that the Council will apply when carrying out its licensing functions under the Act.
The Licensing Authority and the Gambling Commission will make decisions in accordance with the three licensing objectives, which 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;
Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
For more information on Licensing arrangements please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.