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All councils are required to prepare and publish, at least every three years, a statement of the principles that they propose to apply when exercising their functions under the Gambling Act 2005.  In preparing our statement, we must follow the procedure set out in the Act as well as the accompanying guidance.  We are now coming towards the end of the current three year period and our policy needs to be formally reviewed.

Our current licensing policy commenced in January 2016 and expires on the 31 January 2019.  We are currently in the process of drafting and consulting on a new policy for 2019 - 2022.

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.

Over the past three years we have kept the current policy under review and a number of changes are now being proposed to reflect current practices and requirements for applicants.

Before determining this policy statement we are carrying out a consultation to ask for comments and feedback about the proposed changes .  We would be extremely grateful if you could take the time to consider the draft policy and take part in the consultation process.  Any feedback received will be fully considered and, if relevant, any appropriate changes will be made before the policy is adopted.