The Gambling Act 2005 introduced a new regime for regulating gambling and betting in the United Kingdom that took effect from 1 September 2007. The Gambling Commission  regulates all gambling and betting apart from the National Lottery and Spread betting. The Gambling Commission licences the operators and individuals involved in providing gambling and betting facilities.

Newcastle City Council, (the Licensing Authority) along with other licensing authorities, has a duty under the Act to licence premises where gambling is to take place and to licence certain other activities and register small society lotteries. The Statement of Licensing Principles sets out how we intend to approach this duty and has been prepared in accordance with Section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005.

'Gambling' is defined in the Act as either gaming, betting or taking part in a lottery:

  • 'gaming' means playing a game of chance for a prize
  • 'betting' means making or accepting a bet on the outcome of a race, competition, or any other event; the likelihood of anything occurring or not occurring; or whether anything is true or not true
  • a 'lottery' is where persons are required to pay in order to take part in an arrangement, during the course of which one or more prizes are allocated by a process which relies wholly on chance.

Licensing Objectives

In exercising their functions under the Gambling Act 2005, Licensing Authorities must have regard to the Licensing Objectives as set out in section 1 of the Act. The Licensing Objectives 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.

In order to achieve these objectives the Licensing Authority actively promote partnership working with other Local Authorities, the Police, Fire Service, local businesses, local people and those involved with child protection and gambling addiction as well as the Gambling Commission.

Remote Gambling

Gambling in which persons, participate by the use of remote communication, including the internet, telephone, television, radio or any other kind of electronic or other technology for facilitating communication. This is regulated by the Gambling Commission.

Licence Types

Three types of licence are required under the Act:

Operating & Personal Licences are to be issued by the Gambling Commission.

  • An operating licence concerned with the management and conduct of gambling.
  • A personal licence with key operational functions connected with the gambling business. Personal Management Licence, Personal Functional Licence, Operating & Personal Licence Application and Guidance.
  • Premises Licence - The licensing authority is responsible for the issue of premises licences and permits for fixed premises throughout the city.

The Licensing Authority is also responsible for the issue of  provisional statements and permits.

The local authority also undertake various regulatory functions in relation to a number of gambling activities and is responsible for:

Notice of publication of Statement of Principles (pdf 11.37kb)

Statement of Principles  (pdf, 1.7mb)

This document is issued under section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005.  The document can also be inspected between 9:00am and 4:00pm, by prior arrangement, at the Licensing Authority, Public Safety and Regulation, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH upon request.

Gambling Act Fees

Responsible Authorities (pdf 23.3kb)
Open Gambling Licensing Applications now
Premises Licence Application Forms

For further information you can also contact the Gambling Commission

For more information please contact: Licensing Authority, Public Safety and Regulation, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.
Phone: 0191 211 5079

Page last updated: 
16 September 2016
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