Mandatory conditions relevant to bingo establishments
The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is empowered to make mandatory conditions by regulation that may apply to all premises licences or specified classes of licence.
The conditions are:
- a prominent notice stating that people aged less than 18 years may not play bingo at every entrance;
- a summary of the licence is to be displayed in a prominent place;
- where people aged less than 18 years are admitted, a prominent notice must be placed at every entrance to any category B or C machine area, prohibiting entry by under-18s;
- admission charges are to be prominently displayed at the principal entrance;
- card costs and participation fees are to be displayed at the point of sale;
- bingo rules are to be shown in a sign, leaflets or audio-visual guides;
- there must be no entrance from a casino, adult gaming centre or betting premises (other than a track);
- the layout of the premises is to be maintained in accordance with the plan;
- where under-18s are permitted, any category B or C machine area is to be separated by a physical barrier, supervised to prevent entrance by under-18s and arranged to permit surveillance by staff or monitored closed-circuit television (CCTV);
- the premises are not to be used for sale of tickets in a private or customer lottery or National Lottery;
- automatic teller machines (ATMs) are to be located so that users must cease gambling to use them.
Default conditions relevant to bingo establishments
The Secretary of State is empowered to make default conditions by regulation, which may apply to all premises licences or specified classes of licence.
The conditions are:
- times for bingo – 9am to midnight;
- gaming machines may be used 24 hours a day.
The licensing authority may attach individual conditions to non-fast track applications, new applications and variation applications. These conditions may apply to all of the premises or to specified parts of them.
The authority will ensure that the premises licence conditions are:
- relevant to the need to make the proposed building suitable as a gambling facility;
- directly related to the premises and the type of licence applied for;
- reasonably related to the scale and type of premises and
- reasonable in all other respects.
None of the conditions may:
- require the premises to operate as a club;
- limit stakes, fees, winnings or prizes;
- alter the statutory permissions for gaming machines in licensed premises or override provisions of regulations relating to machines.
All premises licences are subject to a condition that they may not be used to provide gambling facilities on Christmas Day.