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Alcohol, entertainment and gambling licences

Licensing and gambling policy

Our licensing service is delivered by Peterborough City Council.

The Gambling Act 2005 places responsibility for gaming premises from the magistrates to us (the Licensing Authority) and increased the powers of the Gambling Commission.  

The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on 24 November 2005.

We must prepare and publish a Gambling Licensing Policy every three years which outlines the principles we propose to apply when exercising our functions. The Gambling Policy is similar to that required by the Licensing Act 2003 and must follow procedures set out in the Act, including who we consult.

Our main functions are:

  • to issue premises licences for casinos, betting offices, race tracks, bingo clubs, adult gaming centres, and family entertainment centres
  • to grant permits for gaming machines in members' clubs and licensed premises, prize gaming and unlicensed family entertainment centres
  • to authorise the temporary use of premises for gambling
  • to register small society lotteries

There are three licensing objectives which underpin the Gambling Act:

  • to prevent gambling from being a source of crime and disorder
  • to make sure gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • to protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Statement of Principles statutory review and consultation

Rutland County Council, along with other licensing authorities have a duty under the Act to publish a Statement of Principles and review this Statement at least every three years. The Statement of Principles sets out how the Council intends to exercise its functions under the Act.

The initial statement was published in January 2007, was updated in January 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 2022.

The revised Statement of Principles took effect on 31 January 2022.

Gambling Policy Files:

For further information please email rcclicensing@peterborough.gov.uk

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