Gambling licensing

Gambling Act 2005

Under The Gambling Act 2005 the Council will licence gambling premises and issue a range of permits to authorise other gambling facilities in its area. The Council has similar regulatory powers to the Gambling Commission with respect to its licensees, including powers to impose conditions, review licences and reject licence applications.

The rationale for the regulation of gambling is set out in the Licensing Objectives:

  • 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

Gambling Act 2005 Permits

The Act also provides information about permits for smaller scale gambling, like those that take place in pubs, clubs and at travelling fairs. It also defines certain low level activities like small incidental lotteries and private betting, which do not need any permission. Sutton will issue permits for gaming machines in members' clubs and licensed premises, prize gaming and Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres.

The Gambling Act 2005 - Permits relevant forms and documents  

Gambling Act 2005 Premises

Certain types of premises operators will need both an operating & a personal licence issued by the Gambling Commission.

A premises licence will be required for casinos, betting offices, bingo clubs, adult gaming centres & family entertainment centres which will be issued by Sutton Council.

Gambling Act 2005 - Premises relevant forms and documents

If you would like to make a licensing enquiry, please use the online form.