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Review of gambling licensing policy

This is our current Gambling Statement of Principles (Policy) [PDF 406 KB] which was first adopted by Derbyshire Dales District Council in January 2007. The Gambling Act 2005 requires each local authority to review its Gambling Policy at least once every three years. 

The Council is currently reviewing this Policy as the Gambling Act 2005 requires local authorities to review their Gambling Statement of Principles (Policy) every three years.

The Policy outlines how we will deal with applications for gambling-related licences, permits and registrations.

There are only a small number of gambling premises in Derbyshire Dales which require a licence. These include 4 betting shops, 1 adult gaming centre and 4 amusement arcades (sited in just 4 buildings), and approximately 170 small society lottery registrations to allow raffles, prize draws etc for charity. A small number of public houses and clubs have amusement with prizes machines (fruit machines). Some premises do have amusement machines known as 'Skills with Prizes' but these are not required to be regulated under the Gambling Act.  We do not have any casinos, bingo premises or permanent race tracks in the Derbyshire Dales.

The current Policy has been kept under review since it was first introduced and it is felt that it has worked well. We have not received any complaints about any of our gambling premises or the activities being carried on in them.

The consultation Draft Policy is available here to view or download [PDF 408 KB}.  

As part of the review process we would be interested in receiving any comments you may have by 25th November 2018. Once the Policy has been considered and if necessary amended, and approved by the full Council, the new Policy will take effect from 31 January 2019.  It will remain in force until January 2022, but will be kept under review.

Please forward any comments (including your contact details and full postal address) by email to or by post to:  Eileen Tierney, Licensing Manager, Regulatory Services, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Town Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NN.

Further information

Further information on the Gambling Act 2005 can be obtained from the Gambling Commission's website 


Town Hall, Bank Road
Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NN
01629 761313
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