Statement of Principles for Gambling in Surrey Heath

We are required by the Gambling Act 2005 to publish a statement of principles that we propose to apply when exercising our functions under the Act.

This statement must be published every 3 years. 

Revised Statement of Principles

View Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles 25 March 2022-24 March 2025

We consulted on our intended revisions 8 November 2021 to 20 December 2021.  Following that consultation, we adopted the revised statement of principles for gambling within Surrey Heath on 23 February 2022.  The revised statement will take effect from 23 March 2022 to 22 March 2025 and all subsequent determinations of any gambling applications will be considered under the revised statement.

Scope of the statement 

The statement of principles has been prepared bearing in mind the limitations the Act imposes on our discretion. This gives predominance to the Gambling Commission’s codes and guidance.

Under the provisions of the Act, we must aim to permit the use of premises for gambling in so far as we believe it is:

  1. In accordance with any relevant code of practice issued by the Gambling Commission
  2. n accordance with any relevant guidance issued by the Gambling Commission 
  3. Reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives:
    1. Preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime and disorder or being used to support crime
    2. Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way 
    3. Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling
  4. In accordance with the Council’s statement of licensing principles subject to a, b and c above.