The Gambling Act 2005 contains a new regulatory system which governs the provision of all gambling in Great Britain, (with the exception of the National Lottery and spread betting).

The aim of the new law was to upgrade the existing laws with a simplified administrative structure and to ensure that gambling did not become a social problem.

The Gambling Act 2005 overrides all previous Acts.

The Act introduced a unified regulator for gambling in Great Britain, the Gambling Commission, and a new licensing regime for commercial gambling. It removed all responsibility for granting gambling and betting permission from the licensing justices. The Commission and the council now share responsibility for all matters previously regulated by Licensing Justices.

The council has the power to licence gambling premises.

Further information can be obtained from the licensing section.