Consultation on the review of our Gambling Policy 2022-2025

Date: 

Thursday, 11 November, 2021
We are consulting on a full review of our Gambling Policy (Statement of Licensing Principles).   
 
The Licensing Authority must legally undertake a review of the policy at the end of each three year period. The review is open to public consultation from 8 November until midnight on 19 December 2021.  
 
The policy relates to the licensing of:  
  • Betting shops  
  • Bingo halls  
  • Adult gaming centres  
  • Family entertainment centres  
  • Casinos  
  • Race tracks  
  • Clubs and alcohol licensed premises  
In particular, the policy is intended to guide decision makers, applicants, objectors and others regarding the decision making process.  
 
The policy outlines how the Licensing Authority will consider and determine applications under the Gambling Act 2005. It also states how the Authority will work to fulfil the three licensing objectives, which are:   
  • Prevent gambling being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime and disorder, or being used to support crime;  
  • Ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way; and  
  • Protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.  
Our current Gambling Policy took effect from 31 January 2019 and is therefore due for review. The regular review and adoption of the policy ensures that the Council’s gambling licensing policies and procedures are up to date and effective in providing a safe and regulated environment for users of licensed gambling premises.  
 
There are minor changes to the policy, making the document clearer and more accessible.  
 
More details, including a copy of the proposed policy document can be found at surreyheath.gov.uk/gamblingactconsultation  
 
You can also view our current policy  
 
How to comment   
 
If you wish to comment on the policy please send your written comments (email or post) by midnight on 19 December 2021 to licensing@surreyheath.gov.uk   
 
or   
 
Licensing
Surrey Heath Borough Council 
Surrey Heath House
Knoll Road
Camberley  
GU15 3HD.