Gambling Act 2005 – Local Authority Premises Licences – Transitional Provisions

Current gambling operators enjoy ‘grandfathered’ rights to obtain premises licences under the new Act, effective September 1st 2007. Local Licensing Authorities are thus obliged to grant them – but there could be additional complications.

Grandfather Rights

In an attempt to reduce the administrative burden on local authority licensing departments, and to help ensure that existing businesses would not face closure on August 31st for lack of a premises license under the new Act, the Gambling Commission’s transitional provisions provided “Grandfather Rights” for existing gambling operators with valid licences and permits granted under the 1968 Act.

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