Gambling Act 2005
The Gambling Act 2005 regulates all forms of gambling in Great Britain.
There are three licensing objectives which underpin the Gambling Act, these objectives are:
- Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime and 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.
The three types of licences issued under the Gambling Act 2005 are:
- Operating Licence required by businesses who intend to provide facilities for gambling - granted by the Gambling Commission.
- Personal Licence required by some people involved with gambling operations in either management or operational functions - granted by the Gambling Commission.
- Premises Licence required from the local licensing authority to run a premises based gambling business.
A premises licence is required for any of the following types of premises:
- Bingo hall
- Betting shop/ Bookmakers
- Betting (track) - sporting venues not just tracks
- Family entertainment centre (FEC)
- Adult gaming centre (AGC)
Please refer to Pembrokeshire County Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy for Gambling before you apply.
The Licensing Authority's main functions are:
- To issue premises licences for Casinos, Betting Offices/Shops and Race Tracks, Bingo Clubs, Adult Gaming Centres, and Family Entertainment Centres.
- To grant permits for gaming machines in members' clubs and licensed premises, prize gaming and unlicensed family entertainment centres (uFEC).
- To authorise the temporary use of premises for gambling
- To register Small Society Lotteries.
Further information on the Gambling Act 2005 is available on the following websites:
In addition, the full Explanatory Note, which accompanies the Gambling Act 2005, can be read by clicking on the following link:
Public Protection Division
Pembrokeshire County Council