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Gambling and charities

The Gambling Act is a regulatory system to govern the provision of all gambling in Great Britain, other than the National Lottery and spread betting.

The Gambling Commission is a unified regulator for gambling in Great Britain. The Commission and licensing authorities share between them responsibility for matters previously regulated by licensing justices.

The Council is required to adopt a statement of Gambling Policy which will be reviewed on a three yearly basis. The policy statement has been drawn up in accordance with guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and followed a consultation period. 

The purpose of the Statement of Gambling Policy is to show how the Council as a Licensing Authority will promote the three licensing objectives of the Act in carrying out its functions. The three licensing objects are: -

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime;
  • Ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way, and
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Premises licences are granted by licensing authorities and authorise the provision of facilities on:

  • Casino premises
  • Bingo premises
  • Betting premises, including tracks
  • Adult gaming centres and
  • Family entertainment centres

Application Forms

Application Forms must be submitted to the licensing authority and to responsible authorities. The fees for premises licences are set by the DCMS and are reviewed by them on a regular basis. Please see our Guidance for premises licence applications.

Fees

The fees for premises licences have been set locally and are subject to annual review. Please click the relevant item above for guidance and application form.

Permits

In addition to premises licences the local authority is also responsible for issuing permits for:

  • Unlicensed family entertainment centres
  • Club gaming and Club gaming machines
  • Licensed premises gaming machines e.g. Pubs
  • Prize gaming

Application form can be obtained from the application form link.

Registrations

Burnley Borough Council also registers

  • Small Society Lotteries

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