Gambling licensing policy

This consultation ended on 28 November 2012. Comments received after this date will not be considered.

This is our current Statement of Principles (Policy) [PDF 99 KB] which was first adopted by Derbyshire Dales District Council in January 2007. The Gambling Act 2005 requires local authorities to review their Gambling Policy at least once 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, 6 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 and was re-published in January 2010.  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. 


We are now ready to review it again.  During the last year the 4th edition of the Gambling Commission's Guidance to Licensing Authorities [PDF 612 KB] was issued. A Draft Policy has been produced to take account of these changes.  We have also made some minor administrative revisions needed to keep the Policy document up-to-date.  The changes are highlighted/shaded in the document for easy reference.

As part of the review process we would be interested in receiving any comments you may have on the draft Policy before it is considered by our Councillors. Once it has been approved by the Council the finalised policy will take effect from 31 January 2013.

Draft Policy

You can download the Draft Policy [PDF 158KB] here or you can contact the Licensing Section for a paper copy by telephoning  01629 761 313.

Your comments

Please forward your comments (including contact details and full postal address) no later than 28 November 2012, by:


or by post to 

Eileen Tierney
Licensing and Administration Manager
Community Services Department
Derbyshire Dales District Council
Town Hall