BETTING & GAMBLING LICENCES
No area of licensing is more heavily regulated than betting & gambling licensing. Not only do we have local licensing authorities with responsibility for the grant, review and revocation of premises licences: in addition, there is the 'Gambling Commission'. The Commission is responsible for the grant of operating licences and personal licences. It also has an overarching supervision of gambling generally. The Gambling Commission issues statutory guidance, which licensing authorities are bound to take into account. Applications for premises licences must be "in accordance" with this guidance.
The issues most frequently arising in opposed betting office applications are the numbers and clustering of betting shops, Fixed Odds Betting Machines (FOBTs), children and gambling addiction. Residents' association frequently object on the grounds of nuisance. Nuisance, however, is not relevant in an application for a betting premises licence. Nor is "demand".
The Law of Gambling
Gerald Gouriet QC - General Editor
FOBTs have been controversial since their first appearance in betting shops in the late 1990s. They have become very popular with the betting public at large. The Government is expected to reduce staking limits in an attempt to prevent large sums of money being lost in a short space of time. Campaigners claim that FOBTs are a particular risk to gambling addicts.
No UK casinos can match the splendour of Monte Carlo. The restrictions imposed by the Gambling Act make it unlikely they ever will