Gambling and lottery licences

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The Government reformed the law on gambling; under the Gambling Act 2005 local authorities have a range of new responsibilities related to gambling.

These include licensing any premises used for gambling, regulating the use of gaming machines and the playing of games such as poker in pubs and clubs, and granting permits to certain types of amusement arcades.  The Gambling Commission is responsible for advising local authorities on these functions.Fruit Machine 2

Gaming Machine Permits

The Gambling Act 2005 introduces permits for gambling which are granted by the Council. These permits will be required when premises provide a gambling facility but gambling is not the main function of the premises. These permits regulate the use of gaming machines in specific premises.

Who can apply for a gaming machine permit?

Premises licensed under the Licensing Act 2003 for consumption of alcohol on the premises, which provide alcohol without a condition that alcohol is served only with food can apply for a gaming machine permit.

What am I entitled to?

For these premises there is an automatic entitlement to two machines of category C or D under the Act.subject to:
• notifying the licensing authority in writing of your wish to use this entitlement,
• paying the prescribed fee of £50
• complying with any relevant code of practice issued by the Gambling Commission.
There is no annual fee.  However, when the alcohol premises licence is transferred to a new owner, then a new written notification is necessary together with a further £50 fee.

Is there an annual fee?

There is an annual fee of £50 for more than two machines, but not for two or less machines.

For information on machine categories
Follow the link below:  http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/gambling_sectors/gaming_machines/about_gaming_machines_fruit_m/gaming_machine_categories.aspx

Can I have more than two machines?

Applications can be made for a licensed premises gaming machines permit, which allows for further category C or D machines to be made available in alcohol licensed premises.  The limit of additional machines will be determined by the Licensing Team  for up to three machines and a sub committee for more than three machines.

What are the fees for two or more machines?

New applicant £150
Variation to a permit£100
Notifications£50
Transfer of a permit£25

How long does the permit last?

The permit application and notification must be made in the premises licence holders name and last as long as premises licence remains in that name. The permit is subject to an annual fee.

Can I have machines in a takeaway/taxi office/shop/café or similar?

From 1 August 2006, fruit machines began to be phased out from premises whose main purpose is not the sale/supply of alcohol. This is to ensure that children and other vulnerable people are not exposed to gambling in certain non-gambling premises

How do I Apply?

Send a copy of the application form below, along with the fee to the Licensing Team in Regulatory Services.
Licensing
Regulatory Services, St Albans District Council, Civic Centre, St Albans, Herts AL1 3JE
Tel: 01727 81945400 Email: licensing@stalbans.gov.uk
For further information: http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/

Club Gaming Permits and Club Machine Permits

The following information is relevant to:-
• holders of Club Premises Certificates under the Licensing Act 2003
• persons who are considering setting up a club and also offering gaming or gaming machines to members of that club
There are two kinds of club permits under the Gambling Act 2005; Club Gaming Permits and Club Machine Permits:

Club Gaming Permits

Club gaming permits may be granted to members' clubs and miners' welfare institutes (but not commercial clubs), to authorise the use of up to 3 machines in total including category B3A, B4, C or D gaming machines.  However they can only include one B3A machine. They can also carry out  equal chance gaming and games of chance as described in the Gambling Commission Guidance [see link at the bottom of this section].
Applicants must have an operators licence issued by the Gambling Commission.
The permit costs £200.00 and will have effect for 10 years and may then be renewed. There is an annual fee of £50.
The application form can be downloaded below, a copy of this application must be sent to the Gambling Commission.

Club Machine Permits

If a club does not wish to have a club gaming permit or if they are a commercial club not permitted to provide non-machine gaming, they may apply for a club machine permit.  This authorises the use of up to three category B4, C or D gaming machines.
The permit costs £200.00 and will have effect for 10 years and may then be renewed. There is an annual fee of £50.
Holders of club gaming permits or club machine permits should have regard to the Code of Practice issued by the Gambling Commission. The Code of Practice makes reference to conditions for the location and operation of machines and also best practice for self exclusion and for access to gambling by children and young persons.
http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/pdf/Code%20of%20practice%20for%20gaming%20machines%20in%20clubs%20and%20premises%20with%20an%20alcohol%20licence%20-%20March%202012.pdf
The application form can be downloaded below:

How do I apply?

Send a copy of the application form below, along with the fee to the Licensing Team in Regulatory Services.
Licensing
Regulatory Services, St Albans District Council, Civic Centre, St Albans, Herts AL1 3JE
Tel: 01727 81945400 Email: licensing@stalbans.gov.uk
For further information: http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/

Lotteries

Small Society Lottery Registration - New Registrations

RaffleIf you wish to apply to operate a Small Society Lottery you must registration under the Gambling Act 2005 with the District Council.  The society must pay a fee for any new application of £40 and the annual fee yearly of £20 if you wish the registration to continue. 

Society Lottery

Section 19 of the Act defines a society as non-commercial if it is established and conducted -
• for charitable purposes
• for the purpose of enabling participation in, or in supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity, or
• for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.

Small Lottery

The proceeds from one lottery must not exceed £20,000 or the total income from all the lotteries run by the organisation must not exceed £250,000 in a calendar year. If the operator plans to exceed these values they will be classified as a large lottery and must be licensed by the Gambling Commission.

Limits placed on small society lotteries

The limits are as follows:
• at least 20% of the lottery proceeds must be applied to the purposes of the society (schedule 11, paragraph 33)
• no single prize may be worth more than £25,000 (schedule 11, paragraph 34)
• rollovers between lotteries are only permitted where every lottery affected is also a small society lottery promoted by the same society, and the maximum single prize is £25,000 (schedule 11, paragraph 35), and
• every ticket in the lottery must cost the same and the ticket fee must be paid to the society (i.e. the society must take payment) before entry into the draw is allowed. (schedule 11, paragraph 37).

Returns

There is a requirement to provide annual returns to the Licensing Team, please see below

Contact

Licensing
Regulatory Services, St Albans District Council, Civic Centre, St Albans, Herts AL1 3JE
Tel: 01727 81945400 Email: licensing@stalbans.gov.uk
For further information: http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/

Date of last review: 17 November 2014