Gambling Act 2005

Gambling Licenses

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: -


Licensing Team

Public Protection Division

Pembrokeshire County Council
County Hall
SA61 1TP

01437 764551

ID: 2073, revised 16/01/2020