Pembrokeshire County Council's "Statement of Licensing Policy" for the Gambling Act 2005 was approved by its Full Council on the 14th December 2006, and can be viewed below.
The policy came into effect on the 31 January 2007 and its publication was an important step in the Council's preparation for the Gambling Act 2005 as it undertook its new gambling responsibilities from the 30 April 2007
The Policy was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005 and guidance issued by the Gambling Commission and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
The new law brings into effect the Government's proposals for the reform of gambling in Great Britain and introduces a new regulatory system, apart from the National Lottery and spread betting.
The Act repeals the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, the Gaming Act 1968 and the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 and except for the National Lottery Act 1993 and the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, will unify all gambling legislation under a single statute.
It will make any other gambling unlawful unless it is permitted by the Act, and establishes two comprehensive offences of providing facilities for gambling, or using premises for gambling.
The Licensing Authority now has regulatory powers, including the power to impose conditions on premises licences and to review premises licences.
The main types of licences cover:-
The County Council is also responsible for the permitting of gaming machines within licensed premises, amusement arcades providing category D machines, prize gaming permits and small lotteries.
The Gambling Commission issues Operating Licences and Personal Licences while the County Council is responsible for the issue of Premises Licences.
The new Operating Licences are required for individuals and companies who intend to provide facilities for certain types of gaming.
Personal Licences are required for people involved with gambling operations in either management or operational functions.
The Gambling Act 2005 contains three key licensing objectives, which are central to the new regulatory regime. The Gambling Commission, the Licensing Authority and all applicants should positively promote these objectives. The objectives are:
All permits granted to premises like fish and chip shops or taxi waiting offices will cease to be valid and all machines must be removed from such premises by 31 July 2009 at the very latest, depending on the date that the permit was granted.
In other words if you were granted a three-year permit on the 31 of July 2006 (before the 1 of August deadline), then it would expire and cease to have effect as at the 31 July 2009.
Should you require any further information on the new Gambling Act or need to find out whether you may need a licence or a permit under the new arrangements, or how the new arrangements might affect you, please e-mail the Licensing Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01437 764551 when we will do our very best to answer any questions you may have.
In addition, the full Explanatory Note, which accompanies the Gambling Act 2005, can be read by clicking on the following link: -