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The Gambling Act 2005 Click to get info

The Gambling Act 2005 (the Act) transfers responsibility for granting gaming and betting permissions from licensing justices and grants new powers to licensing authorities in relation to the licensing and regulation of the use of gambling premises.

The Act came into force on 1 September 2007. The act repeals the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, the Gaming Act 1968 and the Lotteries and Amusement Act 1976. The Act covers two main activities:

  • Providing facilities for gambling
  • Using premises for gambling

The Act contains three licensing objectives that underpin the legislation:

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime and 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 people from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Statement of Principles Click to get info

The Gambling Act 2005 requires a Licensing Authority to publish its gambling policy, referred to as a Statement of Principles and the London Borough of Waltham Forest published its initial Statement of Principles in January 2007.

A requirement of the Act is that the policy is reviewed at least every three years. In this fourth revision of the policy document, The London Borough of Waltham Forest consulted widely upon this statement before finalising and publishing.

This version of the statement of principles is for the period 2019 to 2022, coming into effect on 31 January 2019.

Download the version of the statement (1.2MB Word doc)

Alternatively it can be inspected during office hours:

Licensing Service, 3 The Square, Leyton, London E10 5NR

Appointments can be made by contacting Licensing  

The Gambling Commission is responsible for issuing operating and personal licences under the Act. These licences are described in more detail below:

Operating licence

An operating licence is required by anyone wishing to provide facilities for commercial gambling and will be issued for an unlimited period, although an annual fee will be payable. The commission has the power to review a licence, amend licence conditions and revoke a licence.

Personal licence

There are two types of personal licences:

  • Management (management functions will include persons such as directors or partners of a company and also managers or supervisors handling significant amounts of money)
  • Operational (operational functions include posts where the individual has the ability to influence the outcome of gambling for example bingo callers or croupiers)

Contact Click to get info

Waltham Forest Licensing Section
Resident Services
3 The Square
Leyton, London
E10 5NR

Phone: 020 8496 3000
Email:  licensing@walthamforest.gov.uk