The overall regulation of gambling in the UK is the responsibility of the Gambling Commission.
There are 3 objectives under the Gambling Act that all those concerned with the licensing process must promote:
- preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or 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.
Local authorities have responsibility for licensing premises for gambling. See our statement of current licensing policy.
Premises seeking a gambling licence are required to pay a fee. See the table of fees.
Interested parties relate to people living sufficiently close to the premises as to be likely affected by the authorised activities. It also relates to those with business interests that might be affected. Interested parties include people representing residents or businesses.