The Gambling Act 2005 consolidates and repeals the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1863, The Gaming Act 1968 and the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976.
The Act introduced a new regulator – the Gambling Commission, which regulates gambling in the public interest. The Commission is responsible for issuing Operator Licences and Personal Licences.
Under the Act, Stockton Council is responsible for issuing a range of licenses, permits and notices detailed in the Application Process section below.
Stockton Council is responsible for issuing the following licences, permits and notices:
The type of establishments requiring Premises Licences from the Council are:
In addition to issuing Premises Licences, the Council also issues permits. These are required when premises provide a gambling facility where, both the stakes and prizes are very low or gambling is not the main function of the premises. Examples of such permits are:
The final area of responsibility for the Council relates to the provision of:
Stockton's Gambling Act Fees can be found in our Fees and Charges document.
The Gambling Act 2005 contains three licensing objectives:
Further details of how the Council will fulfil it's licensing duties are contained in the Council's Statement of Licensing Principles.
Applicants may have a duty to notify the various responsible authorities of their application, please download details of the responsible authorities in Stockton. Licenses are usually subject to a 28 day statutory consultation period, after which they can be granted if there are no objections.
To apply for a Licence or Permit please complete the appropriate form(s) below.
To view guidance documents please select the appropriate link below:
Guidance Publications From The Gambling Commission (link to external site)
Tacit consent means that if we have not dealt with applications within the target period then the application can be deemed to have been granted/approved.
Please note that tacit consent does not apply in respect of these applications. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact us.
Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates Court. Please contact us in the first instance.
Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates Court.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you, preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, visit our Consumer pages or Gov.uk for advice.