The Gambling Act 2005 comes into force in September 2007. This Act has 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, and
- protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
Rossendale is the Licensing Authority under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 and responsible for the administration and enforcement of Premises Licences and Permits under the Act.
The Act authorises the use of premises for any of the following gambling activities:
• Adult Gaming Centre
• Betting Shop
• Tracks (Racing)
• Family Entertainment Centre
And the use of Gaming Machines in conjunction the following permits:
• Club Gaming Permit
• Club Machine Permit
• Alcohol Licenced Premises Gaming Machine Permit
• Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre Permit
• Prize Gaming Permit
Under the Gambling Act 2005, the Local Authority must prepare a written Statement of Principles, and have regard to the guidance issued by the Gambling Commission (May 2009). This Statement of Principles sets out how the council will carry out its licensing functions with a view to promoting the three licensing objectives.
The Statement of Principles for the period 31st January 2013 to the 30th January 2016 can be found on the attached link
Gambling fees under the Act can be viewed online and the list of responsible authorities can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Responsible Authorities List (Gambling Act 2005).
Contact: Licensing Unit
Telephone: 01706217777 Option 7The Business Centre, Futures Park, Bacup, Lancashire, OL13 0BB