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Licensing Policy Consultation Gambling Act 2005

This consultation is now closed


Under the Gambling Act 2005, the council as the licensing authority is required to adopt a statement of principles, setting out how it will deal with various applications for licences and permits. The council is required to review this statement at least every three years.

The council is consulting on the next three year policy statement and welcomes views from the public and other interested parties.

Gambling is a popular leisure activity that is enjoyed by many. There are various forms of gambling, including playing bingo, betting, or playing gaming machines. The council is responsible for licensing premises and issuing permits to gambling premises but the Gambling Commission is the overall regulator for gambling in the United Kingdom. The council is not responsible for regulating online gaming.

The proposal

No new trends or concerns have emerged in the past three years. There are therefore no new policy changes proposed at this stage. The Statement of Principles has been revised to update the local area profile (numbers of premises) and contact details. However, your views may help identify a new issue or inform our future compliance programme.

The council is under a legal duty to review its policy guidelines.

The policy will help applicants for licences and the public to understand the profile of the county borough and the decision making process.

How to respond

This consultation period will begin on the 31 August 2018 and close on the 9 November 2018. You can respond or ask further questions in the following ways:

Alternative formats are also available upon request.


Projected timetable for procedure and proposal implementation:
Activity Date
Response deadline 9 November 2018
Report published 17 December 2018

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