Betting Control Act, 1957
- Commenced on 17 January 1958
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 1996.]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Betting Control Act.
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—"authorised race meeting" means a race meeting authorised in terms of section eighteen;"the Board" means the Betting Control and Licensing Board established under this Act;"bookmaker" means any person who by way of business bets with members of the public and includes any person operating a football pool;"bookmaker's licence" means a licence issued to a bookmaker under the provisions of this Act;"licensed betting premises" means any premises duly licensed in terms of this Act as premises wherein bets may be made and settled;"Officer Commanding the Zambia Police Force" means the person holding the office of the Inspector-General of Police in Zambia or any other person for the time being holding office as the head of the Zambia Police Force;"race-course" means any place used for the purpose of holding a race meeting;"race meeting" means any gathering of the public or of the members of any association of persons to watch horse races or any other class of sporting event which may be declared by the Minister, by statutory notice, to be a class of sporting event at which the Inspector General of Police shall be entitled to authorise the attendance of bookmakers in accordance with the provisions of section eighteen.[As amended by G.N. No. 304 of 1964, Act 13 of 1974 and Act 8 of 1988]
3. Establishment of Board
4. Issue of licences
5. Prohibition against unlicensed bookmaking
6. Application for licences
7. Examination and determination of licence applications by Board
8. Imposition of conditions by Board
9. Procedure where bookmaker fails to pay betting debts arising from betting transactions
10. Requirements of licencesEvery licence issued under this Act shall state the precise location and extent of the premises, if any, to which it relates and shall be endorsed with every condition imposed by the Board in accordance with this Act.
11. Suspension, cancellation and variation of licence
12. Duration and renewal of licences
13. Transfer of licensed premises
14. Licence feesEvery bookmaker licensed under this Act shall be required to pay at the time of the issue of his licence a fee of one thousand fee units in the case of a first issue of a licence and five hundred fee units in the case of each renewal thereof.[As amended by Act No. 1 of 1994, 4 of 1992, 5 of 1993 and 13 of 1994]
15. Prohibition against touting
16. Prohibition against liquor on licensed premisesAny person who shall upon any licensed betting premises sell or supply or consume or permit the sale or supply or consumption of any alcoholic liquor shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to a fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty penalty units.[As amended by Act No. 30 of 1989]
17. Prohibition against playing games of chanceAny person who shall permit upon any licensed betting premises the playing of any game of chance shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred and fifty penalty units.[As amended by Act No. 30 of 1989 and 13 of 1994]
18. Authorisation of bookmaking at race meetings
19. Closure of licensed premises on race days
20. Enforcement of betting debtsIt is hereby declared that any debt arising from any betting transaction lawfully made under the provisions of this Act may be enforceable before the courts of Zambia in the same manner as any other civil debt.
21. Police powers of entry
22. No betting with persons under eighteen
23. Submission of bookmakers' accountsThe Board may at any time and shall, not less frequently than once in every twelve months, require a licensed bookmaker to submit to the Board a properly audited statement of the bookmaker's accounts.
24. Licences not to be transferredNo licence issued under this Act shall be transferable to any person, and any person who shall transfer or purport to transfer a licence shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to a fine not exceeding two thousand penalty units.[As amended by 30 of 1989 and 13 of 1994]
25. No betting on elections
26. AppealsAny person aggrieved by a decision of the Board made under this Act may appeal to the Minister.[As amended by G.N. No. 304 of 1964]
27. Non-application of provisions of Penal Code relating to common betting housesNothing in the Penal Code relating to the opening, keeping or use of common betting houses shall be deemed to apply to any licensed bookmaker lawfully acting under the provisions of this Act.[Cap. 87]
28. RegulationsThe Minister may, by statutory instrument, make regulations—
History of this document
17 January 1958