Review of gambling licensing policy

GAMBLING POLICY - Statement of Principles


On 5th December 2018 the District Council approved a revised version of its Statement of Principles, to be applied by the Council in the exercise of its licensing functions under the Act.  The approved Policy was  published before 3rd January 2019 as required, and came into effect on 31st January 2019.

The statement explains how the Council will determine applications for licences required under the Gambling Act 2005 – these include permits and premises licences for: betting premises and tracks; family entertainment centres and adult gaming centres (amusement arcades); gaming machines in alcohol-licensed premises; and registration of small society lotteries.

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).  We also issue approximately 170 small society lottery registrations to allow raffles, prize draws etc for charity each year. 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 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 Policy document can be viewed or downloaded here. [PDF 404 KB]

Copies of the document can also be requested by contacting the Licensing Team on 01629 761313, or by email

The document can be inspected between 09.30 and 16.30 hours, Monday – Friday, by contacting the Licensing Team at Derbyshire Dales District Council, Town Hall, Bank Road, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NN.


Further information

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