Gambling licensing

Gambling Review Policy

Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Policy and Principles

Background

The Gambling Act 2005 requires the Council, acting as the Licensing Authority, to prepare and publish a Statement of Policy and Principles at least every 3 years. This policy outlines the principles followed in exercising the Authority’s functions under the Act.

The Authority’s current Statement of Licensing Policy was approved by the council in December 2015 and came into force on 31 January 2016.

Consultation

In accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 a revised Gambling Statement must come into force on 31 January 2019. We want to consult our residents, local businesses, associated trade bodies, responsible authorities and other stakeholders, to hear your views on the draft statement.

Whilst the contents of the draft Licensing Policy is largely similar to those going before we have taken the opportunity to revise the layout. Also some additions have been made in consideration of Gambling Commission advice, and taking into account issues and concerns that have arisen over the life of the current policy.

These proposed revisions include further stipulations; in relation to Local Risk Assessments, and to the detail and supporting information the Licensing Authority expect to see on premises plans. These amendments are now incorporated into the new draft policy (at paragraphs 41-48).

In January of 2016 a revised Licensing Policy was published with the addition of a Local Area Profile. We are now suggesting that this document is published separately to the policy itself in order that it can be conveniently updated from time to time as required. At the time of writing this profile is in a draft form and is provided at for information. 

Any comments can be submitted by emailing licensing@sutton.gov.uk or writing to Licensing Team, 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton SM5 2JG

The consultation runs for an 8 week period until 02 September 2018 when we will consider all the responses and amend the draft as appropriate. The Licensing Committee will review the updated policy in September 2018.

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