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Licensing and gambling Policy

The Gambling Act 2005 has replaced most of the existing laws about gambling in Great Britain.

The Gambling Act 2005 replaces most of the existing laws about gambling in Great Britain and replaces it with an improved, more comprehensive structure of gambling regulation. It transfers the responsibility for gaming premises from the Magistrates to the Licensing Authority and increases the powers of the Gambling Commission.  

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

The Act requires Licensing Authorities to prepare and publish every three years, a Gambling Licensing Policy which outlines the principles which they propose to apply when exercising their functions. The Gambling Policy is similar to that required by the Licensing Act 2003 and must follow procedures set out in the Act, including whom they consult. The consultation period ran from 30 June 2006 until 30 September 2006.

The Licensing Authority's main functions will be:

  • To issue Premises Licences for Casinos, Betting Offices and 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:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling. 

Statement of Principles 


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 and 2019 and a revised statement is therefore required to be published by January 2022.

Notice of publication

The revised Statement of Principles which will take effect on 31 January 2022 can be viewed below.

Rutland County Council’s current statement of Principles which expires at the end of January 2022 can be found below.

Statement of Principles

Gambling Policy Files:

Gambling Act 2005 statement of principles 2019
Frequently Asked Questions
Application for a Premises Licence
Premises Licence Notice to be published
Premises Licence Notice to authorities
Provisional Statement
Provisional Statement Form A
Provisional Statement Form B

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