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Review of gambling licensing policy

This is our current Statement of Principles (Policy) [PDF 377 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 Policy has recently been revised and was approved a a meeting of the full Council on 28 January 2016.  The Policy is now published and will take effect from 8th March 2016.  The Publication Notice can be viewed here [PDF 79 KB].

The Statement of Princples 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, 5 amusement arcades (sited in just 4 buildings), and around 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 Policy has been kept under review since January 2007, was re-published in January 2010 and again in January 2013, before the latest review.  We think it has worked well and we have not received any complaints about any of our gambling premises or the activities being carried on at them. 

During 2015 the Gambling Commission revised its Guidance to Licensing Authorities and this Policy has been revised to take account of any changes.  Some minor administrative updates were also needed to keep the Policy document current and comments received during the consultation process were taken account of and any changes to the document were made accordingly before the final document was approved by the Council.  The Policy will continue to be kept under review until 2019 when it will need to be re-approved and re-published to remain valid.

Further information

Further information on the Gambling Act 2005 can be obtained from the Gambling Commission's website and the Department for Culture, media and Sport website.


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