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Gambling licence and permits

Gambling Act 2005

We licence some types of gambling in the Maldon district.  We have a duty to ensure that the licensing objectives are met:

-  preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime and disorder or being used to support crime
-  ensuring gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
-  protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

We will not promote gambling or restrict opportunities for individuals who wish to participate in gambling.  We will use the licensing controls to balance increased leisure opportunities with the protection of children, vulnerable people and communities . 

We will consider and issue premises licences for:

  • casinos
  • betting offices
  • bingo clubs
  • adult gaming centres
  • family entertainment centres

You may wish to apply for provisional statements for premises which you are thinking of constructing, altering or acquiring before you enter into a contract as this may indicate the likelihood of obtaining a premises licence.  You can also do this if you already hold a premises licence and thinking of changing the nature of the gambling activity.

We will also issue permits for:

  • gaming machines in members' clubs and licensed premises
  • prize gaming
  • unlicensed family entertainment centres

and register small society lotteries - see lotteries.

We have a statutory duty to publish a 'Statement of Licensing Policy'.  The policy has been produced in accordance with the Gambling Act, Regulations and Guidance issued by the Gambling Commission. 

Statement of Licensing Policy (expires 31 December 2018)

Statement of Licensing Policy (comes into effect 1 January 2019)