The Gambling Act 2005 requires that we must prepare and publish a statement of licensing policy every 3 years. The published policy then provides the framework for all decisions on applications relating to the Gambling Act 2005 and the way we carry out our functions in relation to the legislation. The policy is also intended to provide advice and guidance to anyone that may be involved in the licensing application process from applicants and licence holders to responsible authorities and members of the public who wish to make a representation about an application.
This revised policy came into effect on 31 January 2016 is published following a public consultation during the latter half of 2015 when we consulted with a wide range of organisations and individuals with an interest in gambling.
The policy was adopted by Full Council on the 16 December 2015 and is effective from the 31 January 2016 for the following 3 years.
We keep this policy statement under constant review and if any revisions are made we will publish a statement of these revisions or a revised policy statement.