Statement of principles

We are required to publish a legal document that sets out the principles that we will follow when exercising any of our powers under the Gambling Act 2005 - for example, the matters that will be taken into account when considering applications, how decisions will be made on contested applications and how enforcement powers will be used. This document is known as our statement of principles, and is reviewed periodically to ensure it remains relevant.

Our latest statement of principles comes into force in January 2019, and will have effect until January 2022. Accompanying the statement of principles is our Gambling Act local area profile, which will come into force at the same time, with a review in 2021. 

When considering applications for licences and permits, we will be guided by our statement of principles and the national guidance published by the Gambling Commission.

Any revisions to the statement, or new versions, must be subject to consultation with statutory bodies including the police and fire service, representatives of licence holders, and representatives of local residents and businesses. We will also publish details of any such proposals on this page.