Gambling Act 2005

Under the Gambling Act 2005, the City Council is the Licensing Authority for gambling premises. The Council is required under the Act to update the Statement of Principles every three years. The current Statement was adopted by full Council 4 November 2015 with effect from 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2019.

The City Council wishes to ensure that the Winchester District continues to be a prosperous and attractive place in which to live or work, or to visit. The Gambling Statement of Principles, and the administration of licensing under the Gambling Act, will play a key role in ensuring that an appropriate balance is drawn between the interests of those people wishing to provide and enjoy licensable activities, and those who might be affected by such provision and enjoyment. The Council will continue to work with the Police, Licensees, and other partners, to achieve this objective.

The Gambling Statement of Principles is one of a number of strategies which form part of a co-ordinated approach to dealing with the community safety and crime and disorder issues which may arise. The Council is working with other partners to ensure that these strategies are properly integrated.

The Statement of Principles sets out the Council’s approach to applications under the Act and what information it expects applicants to provide with their applications.