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Gambling Act 2005

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part 1 Interpretation of Key Concepts

    1. Principal concepts

      1. 1.The licensing objectives

      2. 2.Licensing authorities

      3. 3.Gambling

      4. 4.Remote gambling

      5. 5.Facilities for gambling

    2. Gaming

      1. 6.Gaming & game of chance

      2. 7.Casino

      3. 8.Equal chance gaming

    3. Betting

      1. 9.Betting: general

      2. 10.Spread bets, &c.

      3. 11.Betting: prize competitions

      4. 12.Pool betting

      5. 13.Betting intermediary

    4. Lottery

      1. 14.Lottery

      2. 15.National Lottery

    5. Cross-category activities

      1. 16.Betting and gaming

      2. 17.Lotteries and gaming

      3. 18.Lotteries and betting

    6. Miscellaneous

      1. 19.Non-commercial society

  3. Part 2 The Gambling Commission

    1. 20.Establishment of the Commission

    2. 21.Gaming Board: transfer to Commission

    3. 22.Duty to promote the licensing objectives

    4. 23.Statement of principles for licensing and regulation

    5. 24.Codes of practice

    6. 25.Guidance to local authorities

    7. 26.Duty to advise Secretary of State

    8. 27.Compliance

    9. 28.Investigation and prosecution of offences

    10. 29.Licensing authority information

    11. 30.Other exchange of information

    12. 31.Consultation with National Lottery Commission

    13. 32.Consultation with Commissioners of Customs and Excise

  4. Part 3 General offences

    1. Provision of facilities for gambling

      1. 33.Provision of facilities for gambling

      2. 34.Exception: lotteries

      3. 35.Exception: gaming machines

      4. 36.Territorial application

    2. Use of premises

      1. 37.Use of premises

      2. 38.Power to amend section 37

      3. 39.Exception: occasional use notice

      4. 40.Exception: football pools

    3. Miscellaneous offences

      1. 41.Gambling software

      2. 42.Cheating

      3. 43.Chain-gift schemes

      4. 44.Provision of unlawful facilities abroad

  5. Part 4 Protection of children and young persons

    1. Interpretation

      1. 45.Meaning of “child” and “young person”

    2. Principal offences

      1. 46.Invitation to gamble

      2. 47.Invitation to enter premises

      3. 48.Gambling

      4. 49.Entering premises

      5. 50.Provision of facilities for gambling

    3. Employment offences

      1. 51.Employment to provide facilities for gambling

      2. 52.Employment for lottery or football pools

      3. 53.Employment on bingo and club premises

      4. 54.Employment on premises with gaming machines

      5. 55.Employment in casino, &c.

    4. Miscellaneous offences

      1. 56.Invitation to participate in lottery

      2. 57.Invitation to participate in football pools

      3. 58.Return of stake

      4. 59.Age limit for Category D gaming machines

    5. General

      1. 60.Temporary use notice

      2. 61.Employment

      3. 62.Penalty

      4. 63.Reasonable belief about person’s age

      5. 64.Use of children in enforcement operations

  6. Part 5 Operating Licences

    1. Introductory

      1. 65.Nature of licence

      2. 66.Form of licence

      3. 67.Remote gambling

      4. 68.Combined licence

    2. Issue

      1. 69.Application

      2. 70.Consideration of application: general principles

      3. 71.Consideration of application: criminal record

      4. 72.Consideration of application: demand

      5. 73.Procedure

      6. 74.Determination of application

    3. Conditions

      1. 75.General conditions imposed by Commission

      2. 76.General conditions: procedure

      3. 77.Individual condition imposed by Commission

      4. 78.Condition imposed by Secretary of State

      5. 79.Scope of powers to attach conditions

      6. 80.Requirement for personal licence

      7. 81.Credit and inducements

      8. 82.Compliance with code of practice

      9. 83.Return of stakes to children

      10. 84.Premises

      11. 85.Equipment

      12. 86.Gaming machines

      13. 87.Membership

      14. 88.Information

    4. Rules for particular kinds of licence

      1. 89.Remote operating licence

      2. 90.Casino operating licence

      3. 91.Bingo operating licence

      4. 92.General betting operating licence

      5. 93.Pool betting operating licence

      6. 94.Horse-race pool betting operating licence

      7. 95.Betting on the National Lottery

      8. 96.Gaming machine technical operating licence: standards

      9. 97.Gambling software operating licence: standards

      10. 98.Lottery operating licences

      11. 99.Mandatory conditions of lottery operating licence

    5. Maintenance

      1. 100.Annual fee

      2. 101.Change of circumstance

      3. 102.Change of corporate control

      4. 103.Section 102: supplemental

      5. 104.Application to vary licence

      6. 105.Amendment

      7. 106.Register of operating licences

      8. 107.Copy of licence

      9. 108.Production of licence

      10. 109.Conviction

    6. Duration

      1. 110.Indefinite duration

      2. 111.Power to limit duration

      3. 112.Renewal of licence

      4. 113.Surrender

      5. 114.Lapse

      6. 115.Forfeiture

    7. Regulation

      1. 116.Review

      2. 117.Regulatory powers

      3. 118.Suspension

      4. 119.Revocation

      5. 120.Conditions for suspension or revocation

      6. 121.Financial penalty

      7. 122.Information

    8. General

      1. 123.Levy

      2. 124.Directions and requirements

      3. 125.Relevant offence: disapplication of rehabilitation

      4. 126.Interpretation

  7. Part 6 Personal Licences

    1. 127.Nature of personal licence

    2. 128.Application of provisions of Part 5

    3. 129.Exemption for small-scale operators

    4. 130.Application

    5. 131.Duration

    6. 132.Fees

    7. 133.Multiple licences

    8. 134.Production of licence

    9. 135.Review

    10. 136.Disqualification

    11. 137.Notification of operating licensee

    12. 138.Conviction

    13. 139.Breach of personal licence condition

  8. Part 7 Operating and Personal Licences: Appeals

    1. 140.The Gambling Appeals Tribunal

    2. 141.Appeal to Tribunal

    3. 142.Timing

    4. 143.Appeal from Tribunal

    5. 144.Powers of Tribunal

    6. 145.Stay pending appeal

    7. 146.Rules

    8. 147.Fees

    9. 148.Legal assistance

    10. 149.Enforcement of costs orders

  9. Part 8 Premises Licences

    1. The licence

      1. 150.Nature of licence

      2. 151.Form of licence

      3. 152.Combined licence, &c.

    2. Licensing authorities' functions

      1. 153.Principles to be applied

      2. 154.Delegation of licensing authority functions: England and Wales

      3. 155.Delegation of functions under Part 8: Scotland

      4. 156.Register

    3. Other relevant persons

      1. 157.Responsible authorities

      2. 158.Interested party

    4. Application for licence

      1. 159.Making of application

      2. 160.Notice of application

      3. 161.Representations

    5. Determination of application

      1. 162.Requirement for hearing

      2. 163.Determination of application

      3. 164.Grant of application

      4. 165.Rejection of application

      5. 166.Resolution not to issue casino licences

    6. Conditions

      1. 167.Mandatory conditions

      2. 168.Default conditions

      3. 169.Conditions imposed or excluded by licensing authority

      4. 170.Membership

      5. 171.Stakes, &c.

    7. Specific cases

      1. 172.Gaming machines

      2. 173.Virtual gaming

      3. 174.Casino premises licence

      4. 175.Casino premises licence: overall limits

      5. 176.Casino premises licence: access by children

      6. 177.Credit

      7. 178.Door supervision

      8. 179.Pool betting on track

      9. 180.Pool betting on dog races

      10. 181.Betting machines

      11. 182.Exclusion of children from track areas

      12. 183.Christmas Day

    8. Maintenance

      1. 184.Annual fee

      2. 185.Availability of licence

      3. 186.Change of circumstance

      4. 187.Application to vary licence

      5. 188.Transfer

      6. 189.Transfer: supplemental

      7. 190.Copy of licence

    9. Duration

      1. 191.Initial duration

      2. 192.Surrender

      3. 193.Revocation for failure to pay fee

      4. 194.Lapse

      5. 195.Reinstatement

      6. 196.Reinstatement: supplemental

    10. Review

      1. 197.Application for review

      2. 198.Rejection of application

      3. 199.Grant of application

      4. 200.Initiation of review by licensing authority

      5. 201.Review

      6. 202.Action following review

      7. 203.Determination

    11. Provisional statement

      1. 204.Application

      2. 205.Effect

    12. Appeals

      1. 206.Rights of appeal

      2. 207.Process

      3. 208.Stay pending appeal

      4. 209.Further appeal

    13. General

      1. 210.Planning permission

      2. 211.Vehicles and vessels

      3. 212.Fees

      4. 213.Interpretation

  10. Part 9 Temporary Use of Premises

    1. Temporary use notice

      1. 214.Exception to offence of using premises for gambling

      2. 215.Nature of notice

      3. 216.Form of notice

      4. 217.Effect of notice

      5. 218.Maximum permitted period

    2. Procedure

      1. 219.Giving notice

      2. 220.Acknowledgment of notice

      3. 221.Objections

      4. 222.Hearing of objections

      5. 223.Modification by agreement

      6. 224.Counter-notice

      7. 225.Dismissal of objection

      8. 226.Appeal

      9. 227.Endorsement of notice

      10. 228.Consideration by licensing authority: timing

    3. Miscellaneous

      1. 229.Availability of notice

      2. 230.Withdrawal of notice

      3. 231.Vehicles and vessels

      4. 232.Delegation of licensing authority functions: England and Wales

      5. 233.Delegation of functions under Part 9: Scotland

      6. 234.Register

  11. Part 10 Gaming Machines

    1. Definitions

      1. 235.Gaming machine

      2. 236.Gaming machines: Categories A to D

      3. 237.Adult gaming centre

      4. 238.Family entertainment centre

      5. 239.Prize

    2. Regulations

      1. 240.Use of machine

      2. 241.Supply, &c.

    3. Offences

      1. 242.Making machine available for use

      2. 243.Manufacture, supply, &c.

      3. 244.Linked machines

      4. 245.Credit

      5. 246.Penalty

    4. Exceptions

      1. 247.Family entertainment centre gaming machine permit

      2. 248.No prize

      3. 249.Limited prize

      4. 250.Single-machine supply and maintenance permits

    5. General

      1. 251.Territorial application

  12. Part 11 Lotteries

    1. Interpretation

      1. 252.Promoting a lottery

      2. 253.Lottery ticket

      3. 254.Proceeds and profits

      4. 255.Draw

      5. 256.Rollover

      6. 257.External lottery manager

    2. Offences

      1. 258.Promotion of lottery

      2. 259.Facilitating a lottery

      3. 260.Misusing profits of lottery

      4. 261.Misusing profits of exempt lottery

      5. 262.Small society lottery: breach of condition

      6. 263.Penalty

    3. Miscellaneous

      1. 264.Exclusion of the National Lottery

    4. General

      1. 265.Territorial application

  13. Part 12 Clubs, pubs, fairs, &c.

    1. Clubs

      1. 266.Members' club

      2. 267.Commercial club

      3. 268.Miners' welfare institute

      4. 269.Exempt gaming

      5. 270.Section 269: supplementary

      6. 271.Club gaming permit

      7. 272.Section 271: supplementary

      8. 273.Club machine permit

      9. 274.Procedure, &c.

      10. 275.Bingo

      11. 276.Interpretation

    2. Pubs, &c.

      1. 277.Alcohol licence

      2. 278.Application of sections 279 to 284

      3. 279.Exempt gaming

      4. 280.Section 279: supplementary

      5. 281.Bingo

      6. 282.Gaming machines: automatic entitlement

      7. 283.Licensed premises gaming machine permits

      8. 284.Removal of exemption

    3. Clubs, pubs &c: special provision for Scotland

      1. 285.Permits

    4. Fairs

      1. 286.Interpretation: travelling fair

      2. 287.Gaming machines

  14. Part 13 Prize Gaming

    1. 288.Meaning of “prize gaming”

    2. 289.Prize gaming permits

    3. 290.Gaming and entertainment centres

    4. 291.Bingo halls

    5. 292.Fairs

    6. 293.Conditions for prize gaming

    7. 294.Power to restrict exemptions

  15. Part 14 Private and Non-Commercial Gaming and Betting

    1. Private gaming and betting

      1. 295.Interpretation

      2. 296.Exceptions to offences

    2. Non-commercial gaming and betting

      1. 297.Interpretation

      2. 298.Exceptions to offences

      3. 299.Conditions for non-commercial prize gaming

      4. 300.Conditions for non-commercial equal-chance gaming

      5. 301.Misusing profits of non-commercial prize gaming

      6. 302.Non-commercial betting

  16. Part 15 Inspection

    1. Inspectors

      1. 303.Enforcement officers

      2. 304.Authorised persons

    2. Kinds of inspection

      1. 305.Compliance

      2. 306.Suspected offence

      3. 307.Inspection of gambling

      4. 308.Operating licence holders

      5. 309.Family entertainment centres

      6. 310.Premises licensed for alcohol

      7. 311.Prize gaming permit

      8. 312.Clubs

      9. 313.Licensed premises

      10. 314.Lotteries: registered societies

      11. 315.Temporary use notice

      12. 316.Authorisations: production on demand

    3. Powers and procedure

      1. 317.Powers

      2. 318.Dwellings

      3. 319.Records

      4. 320.Timing

      5. 321.Evidence of authorisation

      6. 322.Information

      7. 323.Use of force

      8. 324.Person accompanying inspector, &c.

      9. 325.Securing premises after entry

      10. 326.Obstruction

  17. Part 16 Advertising

    1. 327.Meaning of “advertising”

    2. 328.Regulations

    3. 329.Broadcasting

    4. 330.Unlawful gambling

    5. 331.Foreign gambling

    6. 332.Territorial application: non-remote advertising

    7. 333.Territorial application: remote advertising

  18. Part 17 Legality and Enforceability of Gambling Contracts

    1. 334.Repeal of provisions preventing enforcement

    2. 335.Enforceability of gambling contracts

    3. 336.Power of Gambling Commission to void bet

    4. 337.Section 336: supplementary

    5. 338.Interim moratorium

  19. Part 18 Miscellaneous and General

    1. Miscellaneous

      1. 339.Prize competitions

      2. 340.Foreign betting

      3. 341.Offence committed by body

      4. 342.False information

      5. 343.Value of prize

      6. 344.Participation fees

      7. 345.Forfeiture

      8. 346.Prosecution by licensing authority

      9. 347.Prosecution: time limit

      10. 348.Excluded premises

      11. 349.Three-year licensing policy

      12. 350.Exchange of information

      13. 351.Power to amend Schedule 6

      14. 352.Data protection

    2. General

      1. 353.Interpretation

      2. 354.Crown application

      3. 355.Regulations, orders and rules

      4. 356.Amendments and repeals

      5. 357.Money

      6. 358.Commencement

      7. 359.Vessels: territorial limitations

      8. 360.Aircraft: territorial limitations

      9. 361.Extent

      10. 362.Short title

    1. Schedule 1

      Betting: Prize Competitions: Definition of Payment to Enter

    2. Schedule 2

      Lotteries: Definition of Payment to Enter

    3. Schedule 3

      Amendment of National Lottery etc. Act 1993 (c. 39)

    4. Schedule 4

      The Gambling Commission

    5. Schedule 5

      Transfer from Gaming Board to Gambling Commission: Supplementary Provision

    6. Schedule 6

      Exchange of Information: Persons and Bodies

      1. Part 1 Persons and Bodies with Functions under this Act

      2. Part 2 Enforcement and Regulatory Bodies

      3. Part 3 Sport Governing Bodies

      4. Part 4 Notes

    7. Schedule 7

      Relevant Offences

      1. Part 1 The Offences

      2. Part 2 Power to Amend Part 1

    8. Schedule 8

      Gambling Appeals Tribunal

    9. Schedule 9

      Applications for Casino Premises Licences

    10. Schedule 10

      Family Entertainment Centre Gaming Machine Permits

    11. Schedule 11

      Exempt Lotteries

      1. Part 1 Incidental Non-commercial Lotteries

      2. Part 2 Private Lotteries

      3. Part 3 Customer lottery

      4. Part 4 Small Society Lotteries

      5. Part 5 Registration With Local Authority

      6. Part 6 Powers to Impose Additional Restrictions, &c.

      7. Part 7 General

    12. Schedule 12

      Club Gaming Permits and Club Machine Permits

    13. Schedule 13

      Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permits

    14. Schedule 14

      Prize Gaming Permits

    15. Schedule 15

      Private Gaming and Betting

      1. Part 1 Gaming

      2. Part 2 Betting

    16. Schedule 16

      Minor and Consequential Amendments

      1. Part 1 Minor Amendments

      2. Part 2 Consequential Amendments

    17. Schedule 17

      Repeals

    18. Schedule 18

      Transitional

      1. Part 1 Transitional Continuation of Old Licences, &c.

      2. Part 2 Advance and Interim Applications, and Conversion

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