Gambling Act 2005

Gambling Licenses

The Gambling Act 2005 regulates all forms of gambling in Great Britain.

There are three licensing objectives which underpin the Gambling Act, these objectives are:

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime and 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.


The three types of licences issued under the Gambling Act 2005 are:

  • Operating Licence required by businesses who intend to provide facilities for gambling - granted by the Gambling Commission.
  • Personal Licence required by some people involved with gambling operations in either management or operational functions - granted by the Gambling Commission.
  • Premises Licence required from the local licensing authority to run a premises based gambling business.


A premises licence is required for any of the following types of premises:

  • Casino
  • Bingo hall
  • Betting shop/ Bookmakers
  • Betting (track) - sporting venues not just tracks
  • Family entertainment centre (FEC)
  • Adult gaming centre (AGC)


Please refer to Pembrokeshire County Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy for Gambling before you apply.


The Licensing Authority's main functions are:

  • To issue premises licences for Casinos, Betting Offices/Shops and Race Tracks, Bingo Clubs, Adult Gaming Centres, and Family Entertainment Centres.
  • To grant permits for gaming machines in members' clubs and licensed premises, prize gaming and unlicensed family entertainment centres (uFEC).
  • To authorise the temporary use of premises for gambling
  • To register Small Society Lotteries.

Further information on the Gambling Act 2005 is available on the following websites:

In addition, the full Explanatory Note, which accompanies the Gambling Act 2005, can be read by clicking on the following link:


Licensing Team

Public Protection Division

Pembrokeshire County Council
County Hall
SA61 1TP

01437 764551

ID: 2073, revised 08/02/2023