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.
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)
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.
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.
For further information
Contact: Licensing Team, Town Hall, Penrith, CA11 7QF
Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.15pm
Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm
Telephone: 01768 212148 or 01768 212273
Fax: 01768 890470