Statement of Gambling Principles Consultation

Under the Gambling Act 2005, the Council regulates the provision of premises for gambling (for example, betting shops, bingo halls, amusement arcades), the provision of gaming machines in clubs and alcohol licensed premises and small society lottery registration.

At least every 3 years, the Council must review and adopt a Statement of Licensing Principles that details how the Council will undertake its licensing functions. The current Statement of Licensing Principles has been in effect since 31 January 2019 therefore the Council is consulting on a revision for 2022-25. The proposed draft statement sets out the approach the Council will take when determining applications for new licences, variations and reviews. 

To view the current policy please see Statement of Principles 2019-22

Draft Statement of Gambling Principles

The draft Statement of Licensing Principles is open to public consultation between 25th August 2021 and 22nd September 2021. 

The guidance issued by the Gambling Commission was recently revised (as of May 2021) and so the policy has been revised to take into account changes in this guidance. Other minor changes have also been proposed to provide more information for applicants and licence holders, and to bring some consistency with other licensing policies.

To view the draft revised statement please see ‘Statement of Gambling Principles 2022-25’. 

Consultation

In addition to the public The Gambling Act is clear that the following bodies must be consulted:

  • The Police
  • One or more persons who appear to the authority to represent the interests of persons carrying on gambling businesses in the authority’s area, and
  • One or more persons who appear to the authority to represent the interests of persons who are likely to be affected by the exercise of the authority’s functions under this Act

We will be going beyond the minimum requirements of the Gambling Act and will directly consult the following bodies and organisations:

  • All responsible authorities under the Gambling Act 2005 (Police, Gambling Commission, Herts Fire & Rescue Service, Development Management, Environmental Health, Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership, HM Revenues & Customs)
  • All premises licence, permit, and gaming machine notice holders issued under the Act (as representatives of gambling businesses)
  • All agents (e.g. solicitors) for applications submitted under the Gambling Act (as representatives of gambling businesses)
  • Residents’ associations (as representatives of persons likely to be affected by the exercise of our functions)
  • Members of the Community Safety Partnership (CSP)
  • Groups that deal with gambling related harm. 

The legislation and regulations require us to advertise the consultation on our website and in one or more places where the document can be inspected by the public at reasonable times. A copy of the proposed policy is kept at the Wallfields, Pegs Lane , Hertford for this purpose but as this office is not currently open to the public due to the pandemic please email community.protection@eastherts.gov.uk if you wish to view the document. Every effort will be made to accommodate any such request. We are required to display a notice in one or more locations during the consultation so this notice shall be displayed in the public notice board outside the Wallfields Office

All consultation responses must be in writing and submitted by midnight on 22nd September 2021. 

Comments can be made by email to community.protection@eastherts.gov.uk or by post to:

Licensing Team
East Herts Council
Wallfields
Pegs Lane
Hertford
Hertfordshire
SG13 8EQ

All consultation responses may be published within a public report.