Arrangement of Sections


   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Establishment of Board

   4.   Issue of licenses

   5.   Prohibition against unlicensed bookmaking

   6.   Application for licenses

   7.   Examination and determination of license 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 licenses

   11.   Suspension, cancellation and variation of license

   12.   Duration and renewal of licenses

   13.   Transfer of licensed premises

   14.   License fees

   15.   Prohibition against touting

   16.   Prohibition against liquor on licensed premises

   17.   Prohibition against playing games of chance

   18.   Authorisation of bookmaking at race meetings

   19.   Closure of licensed premises on race days

   20.   Enforcement of betting debts

   21.   Police powers of entry

   22.   No betting with persons under eighteen

   23.   Submission of bookmakers’ accounts

   24.   Licenses not to be transferred

   25.   No betting on elections

   26.   Appeals

   27.   Non-application of provisions of Penal Code relating to common betting houses

   28.   Regulations


to make provision for the establishment of a Betting Control and Licensing Board; to provide for the licensing of bookmakers and betting premises; to provide for the general improvement of control over bookmaking and betting practices in Zambia; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.

[17th January, 1958]

Act 27 of 1957,

Act 5 of 1963,

Act 13 of 1974,

Act 4 of 1976,

Act 24 of 1977,

Act 7 of 1984,

Act 8 of 1988,

Act 30 of 1989,

Act 22 of 1990,

Act 4 of 1992,

Act 5 of 1993,

Act 1 of 1994,

Act 13 of 1994,

Act 12 of 1996.

GN 304 of 1964,

GN 497 of 1964.

SI 91 of 1965.

1.   Short title

This Act may be cited as the Betting Control Act.

2.   Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“authorised race meeting” means a race meeting authorised in terms of section 18;

“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 license” means a license 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 18.

[S 2 am by GN 304 of 1964; Act 13 of 1974, 8 of 1988.]

3.   Establishment of Board

   (1) There shall be established a board to be known as the Betting Control and Licensing Board which shall consist of—

      (a)   a Chairman, to be a person nominated by the Minister;

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