Gambling – Draft Statement of Principles 2022 - 2025

Gambling – draft Statement of Principles 2022 - 2025

The Regulatory Committee of South Gloucestershire Council is undertaking a review of its Gambling Statement of Principles. The revised statement, once adopted, is proposed to be published by no later than 3rd January 2022.

Under the Gambling Act 2005 South Gloucestershire Council is the Licensing Authority for the area with responsibilities that include granting premises licenses and permissions in South Gloucestershire in respect of casinos, bingo and betting premises, tracks, adult gaming and family entertainment centres, club and prize gaming permits, temporary notices and the registration of small society lotteries.

Please read the full draft statement, a more concise explanatory note for consultation and other supporting documents available through this page. There is also a survey available online or to download and print-off, in relation to the main statement proposals.

A brief overview of the Statement

The Gambling Act 2005 requires each Licensing Authority to undertake a review of their Statement of Principles every three years. South Gloucestershire is now undertaking its review of the Gambling Statement of Principles and is consulting widely to ensure that anyone who may be affected by or has an interest in the draft Statement of Principles has the opportunity to comment and respond accordingly.

The Gambling Act 2005 provides a clear focus on the promotion of three statutory objectives which must be addressed when licensing functions are undertaken:

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • Ensuring that gambling is carried out in a fair and open way.
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Interested Parties: the statement covers the principles that the Licensing Authority will follow in determining an interested party, for example, each case will be decided upon its own merits and rigid rules will not be applied.

Enforcement: the principles for enforcement will endeavour to be proportionate, accountable, consistent, transparent and targeted.

Licensing Authority functions: are listed within the Statement of Principles

Related legislation: the statement lists related legislation that the Council is bounded by in undertaking its licensing function.

Premises Licences: the statement covers general principles such as definitions, location, preventing gambling from being a source of or associated with crime/disorder and protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

The Gambling Act 2005 is supported by statutory guidance, codes of practice and regulations. Since its’ introduction, statutory guidance has been subject to a number of reviews. The April 2021 guidance has been updated on 13th May 2021, this is the current edition that now assists licensing authorities in preparing their statements of principles under the Gambling Act 2005, which reaffirms that operators shall share their local risk assessment with the licensing authority when applying for an individual premises licence or applying for a variation to an existing licensed premise, or otherwise on request.

The statement goes on to cover adult gaming centres and family entertainment centres, casinos, bingo and betting premises, race tracks and travelling fairs, provisional statements, permits for temporary and occasional use notices, prize gaming and club gaming.

Legislation, Policies and Integrating Strategies

The Licensing Authority will need to be aware of other national strategies that may impact on the three objectives of the Licensing Function. Where appropriate, the Licensing Authority will also take into account relevant local strategies and policies.

Decision making

The Regulatory Committee of South Gloucestershire Council has delegated authority to carry out the Council’s functions and responsibilities under the Gambling Act 2005. The Committee has established a Licensing Sub-Committee that will primarily be responsible for hearing new, variation and review applications in relation to the Act.

Appendix 2 of the draft Statement of Principles reaffirms the detail of how the delegation of decision making will be allocated.

Complaints and reviews: this sets out how the Council may respond to complaints against  licensed premises and equally how it will respond to requests to review a premises licence.


A number of statutory consultees have been involved in drawing together this draft Statement of Principles including (but not exclusive to) the Chief Police Officer for the Licensing Authority’s area, Safeguarding Children’s Board, such persons as the Licensing Authority considers to be representative of holders of Premises Licences, Permits, as well as representatives of businesses and residents in its area. There are two important documents for interested parties to consider, the full draft statement with appendices, and a more concise explanatory note.

Find out more and have your say

We welcome comments on the draft Gambling Statement of Principles 2022-2025between 26th July 2021 and the 18th October 2021. We are particularly keen to find out if you feel that all relevant areas are being considered and whether you think there are any specific impacts or alternatives that the council and its partners should consider. Information is also available from your local South Gloucestershire library and One Stop Shop.

You can find out more or tell us your views by:

If you would like someone to talk to your group or organisation about the draft statement, please contact us using the details above to arrange.

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    23 Jul 2021 at 00:00
  • Closed
    1 Nov 2021 at 23:59


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