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Gambling Licensing


The Gambling Act came into force on 1 September 2007 and created a new regulatory system to govern the provision of all gambling in Great Britain, other than the National Lottery and spread betting.

The Act removed from the licensing justices all responsibility for granting gaming and betting permissions and introduced for the first time a unified independent regulatory body for the gambling industry, the Gambling Commission. While the Gambling Commission regulates the gambling industry, Birmingham City Council is responsible for issuing Gambling Premises Licences, Gambling Permits, and other required authorisations within the City.

The City Council is required to draft, consult on and publish a Statement of Licensing Principles which sets out the policies and principles that the Council will apply when carrying out its licensing functions under the Act. The current Statement of Licensing Principles was approved at a meeting of the full City Council, and came into effect on 31 January 2013.

The statement of principles includes details of 'responsible authorities' which are those public bodies that must be notified of ALL applications and are entitled to make representations to the licensing authority in relation to applications for, and in relation to, premises licences. All representations made by responsible authorities must be relevant and relate to the licensing aims and objectives.

In order to monitor and improve the service delivered by the licensing section we would appreciate a few minutes of your time to complete the customer satisfaction questionnaire attached below.

Should you require any further information on this matter please contact:

Licensing Office
Crystal Court

Aston Cross Business Village
50 Rocky Lane
Aston
Birmingham
B6 5RQ


telephone: 0121 303 9896
e-mail: licensing@birmingham.gov.uk