Gambling and lotteries licensing

We are responsible for the processing of all permits and licences in the district under the Gambling Act 2005.


Section 349 of the Gambling Act requires a licensing authority to publish a "statement of the principles that they propose to apply in exercising their functions" under the Act, applicable to a three-year period. The Act requires the licensing authority to consult on its statement with the police; those who represent the interests of gambling businesses in their area; and those who represent interested persons likely to be affected by the exercise of the Authority's functions under the Act. We now have to conduct the consultation on the revised statement of licensing policy, which is due to be published in January 2020. The draft statement of principles is attached below. The revised version contains some minor amendments and additions to reflect current information and legislation but is otherwise unchanged from the current version.

The proposed changes are indicated as follows:
Red - additions Highlighted - amendments

The consultation runs from 22 July 2019 until 2 September 2019 and any comments should be sent to the Licensing Team at the address below or by e-mail.
Please note that information in responses, including personal information, may be subject to publication or the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed to any correspondents, and will only be possible if considered appropriate under the legislation.
If you require any further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact the Licensing Team.

Tel: 01476 406080

pdf icon Draft Policy 2020 [390kb]

Our responsibility covers:

  • the processing of permits and licences in respect of premises, such as pubs, clubs, betting shops, bingo halls and family and adult gaming centres (amusement arcades)
  • registering small lotteries
  • receiving temporary and occasional use notices
  • maintaining a register of permits and licences
  • hearing of applications for reviews under the Gambling Act 2005

Gambling Act 2005

Permissions are subject to an application process that varies on the type of premise. The council establishes that the premises are suitable and when a licence is issued ensure that the premises are complying with regulations including any licences required by the Gambling Commission.

Please see our Gambling Act Statement of Principles below.