Betting & Gambling


The law relating to betting and gambling is very complex and is heavily regulated by legislation.

The Gambling Act 2005 regulates commercial gambling through licences and permits. Gambling may take place online as well as on land. The Act sets out when gambling must be regulated and also defines when private and non-commercial gambling is permitted.

Sectors of gambling covered under the Act are arcades, betting, bingo, casinos, gambling software, gaming machines, lotteries and remote gambling.

In order to operate a business which provides gambling a number of permissions are likely to be required. Primarily these are:

The application processes are very detailed and scrutinise all aspects of the proposals for offering gambling.

At the heart of the Gambling Act are the three licensing objectives which are:

  • To keep crime out of gambling;
  • To ensure that gambling is conducted fairly and openly; &
  • To protect children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

The Gambling Commission was set up under the Gambling Act 2003 to regulate commercial gambling in Great Britain. The Gambling Commission grant operating licences and personal licenses and local authorities grant premises licences.

Due to the complexity of both gambling and the legislation which regulates it, we would highly recommend that anyone looking to offer gambling facilities takes legal advice before doing so.