Betting, Gaming & Lotteries

From 1st August 2020 all  businesses and venues (but not Nightclubs, Dancehalls, Discotheques, Sexual Entertainment Venues, and Indoor Play Areas) may reopen subject to them following relevant Government Guidance specific to the type of services provided. 

COVID-19: The full list of businesses that can be open as of now, or from 1st August 2020, and the Guidance applicable to each type of business to be COVID-19 Secure can be found here.

COVID-19: Guide to businesses - Should I be open or closed, and what activities can I or can't I put on?

Statement of Gambling Policy

The Gambling Act 2005 has imposed a statutory requirement upon local authorities to prepare a "Statement of Gambling Policy" that is proposed to be applied by the Council in the exercise of their licensing functions. This statement must be reviewed by the Council every three years. The Council has carried out the review and has published the new statement of principles which will come into effect on 31st January 2019. The statement for 2019 - 2021 can be viewed here.

Statement of Gambling Policy 2019 - 2022

View the Notice of publication of Statement of Gambling Policy 2019-2021

Implementation of Gambling Act 2005

On 7th February 2005 the Gambling Act 2005 (the Act) received Royal Assent and came into effect on 1st September 2007. The Act replaced most of the existing law about gambling in Great Britain and has put in place an improved, more comprehensive structure of gambling regulation.

It created a new independent regulatory body, the Gambling Commission, who is the national regulator for commercial gambling in Great Britain.

The Act sets out three licensing objectives which underpin the functions that the Commission and Licensing authorities will perform. These objectives are central to the new regulatory regime. They are:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder, or being used to support crime,

  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way; and

  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

It must be noted that public nuisance and public safety are not included in these objectives and the Council cannot take these into account in any representations that may be received when licences are applied for.

The Act also has also put in place a strong role for local authorities in licensing gambling premises in their area. The Council now:

  • Issues premises licences for betting offices and race tracks, bingo clubs, adult gaming centres and family entertainment centres.

  • Issues permits for gaming machines in members' clubs and licensed premises (fruit machines or amusement with prizes - AWPs), gaming in members' clubs, prize gaming and unlicensed family entertainment centres.

  • Is responsible for the registration of Small Society Lotteries, promoted on behalf of non-commercial societies.

  • Endorses Temporary and Occasional Use Notices and issues provisional statements.

  • Monitors and enforces these licenses and permits.