Gambling Act 2005

As of the 30 April 2007, Stevenage Borough Council started to receive applications under the Gambling Act 2005 for permissions from amusement arcades, casinos, bookmakers, tracks and sporting sites, bingo halls and pubs/clubs wanting to have gaming machines.

For further information on the Gambling Act see the link below:

When did the Act come into force?

The new law took effect from 1 September 2007, when all commercial gambling in premises transferred from the Magistrates Courts to the Gambling Commission and Local Authorities.
How will this work?

The Gambling Commission is responsible for issuing operating licences and personal licences as well as for the regulation of remote gambling including gambling via the Internet, telephone, TV, computer etc.

Stevenage Borough Council is responsible for issuing premises licences, permits and other authorisations.

How will Stevenage Borough Council decide premises licence applications?

In deciding premises licence applications, we will use codes of practice and guidance issued by the Gambling Commission, our Statement of Principles (see below) and the three licensing objectives:

  • 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 conducted in a fair and open way. 
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

Our Statement of Principles outlines what authorisations premises will need, as well as the standards we expect.

The Gambling Act 2005 - Statement of Principles

Every licensing authority must publish a ‘Statement of Principles’ that sets out the principles it will use in exercising its licensing functions under the Act. The Statement of Principles lasts a maximum of 3 years, but can be reviewed and revised by the licensing authority at any time.

We will, with each policy review, consult widely on our Statement of Principles; the final version will always be approved by the Council before it takes effect.  The current Statement of Principles can be found below: