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Gambling Act 2005 - briefing note

This page sets out the key elements of the Gambling Act external website.


The purpose of the act is:
  • to consolidate and modernise but not to de-regulate
  • promote gambling as an acceptable leisure activity

Core objectives

The objective of the act is to:
  • prevent of crime and disorder
  • ensure fair and open gambling
  • protect children and the vulnerable

Licensing bodies

Licensing bodies under the act are:
  • the Gaming Board has become the Gambling Commission
  • local authorities: for example, North Devon Council

Licence types

The act defines the following licence types:
  • operators’ licences: administered by the Gambling Commission
  • personal licences: administered by the Gambling Commission
  • internet gaming: administered by the Gambling Commission
  • premises licences and other permits: administered by local authorities

Contact information

To contact the Customer Service Centre:

Telephone: 01271 388870
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Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Licence applications, notices etc should be sent to:

The Licensing Team
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North Devon Council
Civic Centre
North Walk
EX31 1EA

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