Gambling Licences and Permits
Only gambling permitted under the Gambling Act 2005 and the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 is lawful in Great Britain. With limited exceptions, those wishing to provide gambling facilities must have an appropriate permit or licence.
Angus Licensing Board is responsible for the licensing of gambling premises within the area.
There are five types of premises which can be licensed by the Local Licensing Board. The operators at these premises must, in addition, be licensed by the Gambling Commission:-
- Bingo halls
- Betting premises, including sporting tracks
- Adult Gaming Centres (adult only amusement arcades); and
- Family Entertainment Centres (amusement arcades which may have an adult only area).
See premises licensing guidance for more information and application forms.
Other gambling is allowed under the Gambling Act 2005 where authorised by local Licensing Board permit or registration:-
- Club and Miners' Welfare Institute - gaming and gaming machines
- Alcohol Licensed Premises - gaming and gaming machines
- Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres (amusement arcades which may be used by children)
- Prize Gaming (games of chance for pre-determined prizes)
- Small Society Lotteries (lotteries such as raffles organised by non-commercial societies)
- Temporary use of premises for gambling
- Occasional use notices for betting tracks
Gambling in domestic and other limited circumstances, such as charity fundraising, may take place without a licence or permit, but only where it meets the conditions imposed by the Gambling Act 2005.
Further information can be obtained from the Gambling Commission Website and also from the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) website.
View Licensing Board Documents
- Disability Equality Scheme (1.2 MB PDF)
- Gender Equality Scheme (1.3 MB PDF)
- Race Equality Scheme (2.3 MB PDF)
- Licensing Board Publication Scheme
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Angus Board's licensing policy?
Download the Statement of Policy - January 2010 (115 KB PDF)
If you require a copy of this document in another language, large print or another format please contact ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.
How much does a premises licence or permit cost?See table of fees (30 KB PDF)
What are the objectives of the Gambling Act 2005?
The objectives of the Gambling Act 2005 are:
- preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime;
- ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way; and
- protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
Who sits on Angus Licensing Board and decides whether or not I can have a licence?
The membership of the Board is as follows:-
- Councillor King
- Councillor Hands
- Councillor Boyd
- Councillor Devine
- Councillor Fairweather
- Councillor Fotheringham
- Councillor Houston
- Councillor Lumgair
- Councillor Spink
- Councillor Paul Valentine
Where can I see the Licencing Board agenda, minutes and reports?
These documents can be seen as follows:
Whom do I contact for further information?
Contact the Licensing Section at:
Orchardbank Business Park
Forfar DD8 1AN
Tel: 01307 476255/476251
The Licensing Section can be contacted during normal business hours.
Service Page: gamblinglicensing.htm
Service Details Last Reviewed : 1 October 2013