Gambling Act Policy

Gambling Act Policy Statement

Similar to the Licensing Act 2003, the Gambling Act 2005 gives Rochdale Borough Council responsibilities for regulating and enforcing laws for gambling in Great Britain.

Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005 has 3 main 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.
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

It also brought the burgeoning internet gaming sector within British regulation for the first time. A new independent regulatory body was created; the Gambling Commission, which is now the national regulator for commercial gambling in Great Britain.

The Act replaced the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1963, the Gaming Act of 1968 and the Lotteries and Amusements Act of 1976. In their place it created three separate categories of licence:

  • Operating licences
  • Personal licences
  • Premises licences

Our approach to this area of work can be found in our Gambling Policy Statement.

Document last updated
1 January 2019
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