The Gambling Act 2005 (the Act) replaces most of the existing law about gambling in Great Britain and puts in place a more comprehensive structure of gambling regulation.

The Act introduces a single regulator for gambling in Great Britain, the Gambling Commission, and a new licensing regime for commercial gambling (to be conducted by the Commission or by Licensing Board, depending on the matter to be licensed).

The Act removes from Local Authorities all responsibility for granting gaming and betting permissions.  Instead, the Highland Licensing Board will have responsibility for all those matters undernoted.

Premise and Permit Licence holders, ourselves and other agencies must all work to promote the three Gambling Licensing objectives which 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 exploited by gambling

We will undertake various regulatory functions in relation to a number of gambling activities and we will be responsible for:

(a) Premises Licences
(b) Gaming Centres
(c) Licensed Family Entertainment Centres
(d) Bingo Premises
(e) Betting Premises
(f) Track licences
(g) Travelling Fairs
(h) Temporary and Occasional Permits
(i) Licensed premises, Gaming Machine Permits
(j) Prize Gaming Permits
(k) Club, Gaming and Club Machine Permits
(l) Small Lotteries
(m) Unlicensed family entertainment centres

Small Society Lotteries

Small societies wishing to promote lotteries must register with the local authority as a small society lottery.  This may also apply to anyone thinking of promoting lotteries such as raffles, tombola and prize draws.

Application Form & Guidance Notes:

Further information from the Gambling Commission on running a Small Society Lottery is also available here .

  • Small Society Lottery:  Guidance Notes
  • Small Society Lottery Application Form: DOC | PDF
  • Small Society Lottery Returns Form : DOC | PDF

*New* Gambling Act 2005 - Policy Statement 2013-16

Following consultation, the Highland Licensing Board agreed a new Policy Statement on 4 February 2014. The Policy Statement can be accessed here.

It is a statutory requirement that the Board prepare and publish a statement of the principles that they propose to apply in exercising their functions under the Gambling Act 2005 during the three year period to which the policy applies.

Gambling Application Forms

Gambling Application forms may be accessed here.

Gambling Commission - Advice and Guidance:

Gambing Commission information in relation to gaming within licensed premises, fairgrounds and lotteries may be accessed here.

Responsible Authorities:

  • Responsible Authorities (30kb doc) are public bodies that must be notified of applications for premises licences and that are entitled to make representations to the Licensing Board in relation to applications for, and in relation to, premises licences.

Gaming Fees:

Scheme of Delegation:

Alaisdair MacKenzie
Clerk of the Licensing Board
Tigh na Sgire
Park Lane
IV51 9GP