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Gambling and Betting Licences - More Information

13. Exempt Gaming

The Act provides certain exemptions for gaming which is provided on a not-for-profit basis.  These are:

  • private gaming (gaming which takes place in a private dwelling or residence)
  • private betting at home and in the workplace (e.g. an office sweepstake)
  • non-commercial gaming such as gaming to raise money for good causes (e.g. bingo for church funds)
  • non-commercial betting
  • low-level gaming provided in alcohol-licensed premises such as pubs and clubs.  This is subject to the following conditions:
    • (i)  facilities must be for equal chance gaming only
    • (ii) stakes and prizes must not exceed any limits specified by law
    • (iii) no amount may be deducted from amounts staked or won
    • (iv) no charge may be made to participate
    • (v)  gaming must not take place on more than one set of premises
    • (vi) children under 18 must not participate

(More detailed information on the various licences, permits and application procedures is contained in the "Information for Applicants" guidance which can be downloaded from this page).

Further information can also be found on the Gambling Commision Website following the link on the right of this page.

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