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Gambling Act Statement of Principles


The Gambling Act 2005 has modernised the law on gambling and introduced a new regulator for gambling, the Gambling Commission (external link).

Although the new operator's licences and personal licences introduced by the Act, are issued and regulated by the Gambling Commission, responsibility for the issue and regulation of premises licences will rest with local authorities. These include premises licences for casinos, bingo halls, betting offices, adult gaming centres and licensed family entertainment centres and betting permits for gaming machines in pubs and other alcohol licensed premises.

Licensing authorities are required to prepare, every three years, a Statement of Principles(effectively a gambling licensing policy) to show how they will work under the act.

The current Gambling Act Statement of Principles (pdf) will last three years but may be reviewed from time to time.

Who do we consult?

All those involved directly with the gambling industry as well as interested parties, including Sussex Police, Town and Parish Councils and the East Sussex Area Child Protection Committee. The consultation process was open 1st July 2015 - 1st September 2015.

Why did we consult?

The views of all concerned are important to the Council in reaching a fair and proportionate policy in respect of gambling within the Borough. We wanted, therefore, to give the industry and other interested parties, including those that use or have strong views about these activities the opportunity to be involved in the formulation of appropriate policies.

The Statement was approved at Licensing Committee on 14th September 2015.

Contact Rother and Wealden Licensing Team