Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005 (text) sets out rules about the UK's gambling sector. The Act has 3 main aims:

  • keeping gambling crime free;
  • making sure that gambling is fair and open; and
  • protecting children and vulnerable adults.

The Gambling Act 2005 replaces the Gaming Act 1968, the Lotteries & Amusements Act 1976 and certain elements of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963.

What does the Act cover?

The Gambling Act 2005 covers 2 main activities:

  • providing facilities for gambling and
  • using premises for gambling.

For either activity, you must hold the appropriate permission. Permission may come from a licence, permit, or registration granted according to the Gambling Act 2005, or from an exemption given by the Act.

The Act protects children and vulnerable adults from the effects of harmful gambling. Specific offences make it illegal to give children and young people access to inappropriate or harmful gambling opportunities. It is an offence to invite or permit a child or a young person to gamble contrary to the provisions of the Act.

For online gambling and gaming providers, appropriate measures must be put in place to comply with the Act.

Supervision and enforcement

The UK regime is supervised and enforced by the Gambling Commission


Gambling Act 2005