General overview

Section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005 states that each licensing authority has to prepare and publish a Statement of its Principles and Policy.

The Statement and Policy outlines how we deal with applications, enforce the legislation and how decisions are made in accordance with the three licensing objectives stipulated in the Act, which 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.

Our statement of principles

Between 11 June and 10 August 2018, we held a consultation on the fourth Statement of Principles and Policy under the Act, which was approved at the meeting of Full Council on Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, as follows:

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