Review of gambling licensing policy

GAMBLING POLICY - Statement of Principles


in 2019, the District Council approved and published the latest revised version of its Statement of Principles, to be applied by the Council in the exercise of its licensing functions under the Act. This came into effect on 31st January 2019.

The statement explains how the Council will determine applications for licences required under the Gambling Act 2005 – these include permits and premises licences for: betting premises and tracks; family entertainment centres and adult gaming centres (amusement arcades); gaming machines in alcohol-licensed premises; and registration of small society lotteries.

There are only a small number of gambling premises in Derbyshire Dales which require a licence. These include 2 betting shops, 1 adult gaming centre and 4 amusement arcades (sited in just 4 buildings).  We also issue approximately 160 small society lottery registrations to allow raffles, prize draws etc for charity each year. A small number of public houses and clubs have amusement with prizes machines (fruit machines). Some premises do have amusement machines known as 'Skills with Prizes' but these are not required to be regulated under the Gambling Act.  We do not have any casinos, bingo premises or permanent race tracks in the Derbyshire Dales.

The Policy has been kept under review since it was first introduced and it is felt that it has worked well. We have not received any complaints about any of our gambling premises or the activities being carried on in them.

The current Policy document can be viewed or downloaded here. [PDF 404 KB]

The Policy is currently being reviewed and a draft copy of the Policy which will be considered by the Licensing and Appeals Committee and a meeting of the full Council in January 2022 can be viewed here.


Further information

Further information on the Gambling Act 2005 can be obtained from the Gambling Commission's website