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Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005, which came into force on 1 September 2007, replaced most of the existing laws about gambling in Great Britain and aimed to put in place an improved, more comprehensive structure of gambling regulation. Its three objectives are:

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

The Gambling Commission has also been established as the new, independent national regulator for commercial gambling and it has a key role to play in implementation of the Act. Not only has it issued guidance for local authorities, but it also issues licences such as operating and personal licences.

Local authorities issue premises licences for bingo, betting, adult gaming centres, family entertainment centres, casinos and horse racing and dog tracks as well as issue permits for prize gaming, gaming machines in alcohol licensed premises, members clubs and unlicensed family entertainment centres. We register small society lotteries and process occasional and temporary use notices and provisional statements.

Licensing Policy

The Council is required to produce a licensing policy in relation to the exercise of its various functions under the Act and this is reviewed every 3 years. The first policy was prepared by co-operation with officers in each of the other councils in Cumbria and was approved by the Council at its meeting on 14 December 2006. The policy was reviewed in 2009 and approved on 26 November 2009. Consultation on a revised policy took place between 16 July 2012 and 8 October 2012. This was approved by the Council at its meeting on 6 December 2012 and came into effect on 31 January 2013.

Read Notice of Publication of the Policy (PDF: 29Kb / 1 page) alternatively
Read Notice of Publication of the Policy (Word Document: 30Kb / 1 page)

Read Gambling Act 2005 Licensing Policy (PDF: 380Kb / 45 pages) alternatively
Read Gambling Act 2005 Licensing Policy (Word Document: 376Kb / 45 pages)

Please note that, since the approval of the above policy, the categories of gaming machines at Appendix 3 have been amended by the Categories of Gaming Machine (Amendment) Regulations 2014 which came into effect on 15 January 2014 so as to increase the existing stake and prize limits for certain categories of gaming machine. The policy will be updated when it is next reviewed, but you may view the current gaming machines categories (PDF: 52Kb / 2 pages)

Consultation on revised Policy

The Council is currently undertaking a review of its Statement of Licensing Policy and the revised policy will be implemented in January 2016. As part of the review, the Council consults with a range of organisations and responsible bodies and gives residents and businesses in the Eden area the opportunity to comment on the draft policy which has been amended to reflect legislative and guidance changes since the last policy review. The consultation period runs from 28 July 2015 to 20 October 2015 and the draft policy is available below. Any comments should be submitted in writing by 20 October 2015 to the Licensing Office, Eden District Council, Town Hall, Penrith, CA11 7QF, email using the Response Form (Word: 35Kb / 1 page)

Draft Statement of Licensing Policy (PDF: 639Kb / 43 pages)

Further information about the Gambling Act is available from both the Gambling Commission and Department for Culture Media and Sport websites.

Application Forms and Fees

Application forms can be downloaded in Word and PDF format.

Details of fees are available on the Licensing Fees page on our website.

Licensing Register

The Council is required by law to maintain a register containing details of various licences issued. This register can be viewed online or can be viewed at the Town Hall, Penrith during normal office hours. If you notice any apparent error or omission in the register, or if you have any query about it, please contact a member of the Licensing Team.

Online Register

For further information

  • Contact: Licensing Team, Town Hall, Penrith, CA11 7QF
  • Office Hours:
    Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.15pm
    Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01768 212148 or 01768 212273
  • Fax: 01768 890470

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