Gembling policy and guidance

Elmbridge gambling policy 2021-2023

Our policy plays a vital role in managing the risk of gambling-related harm in Elmbridge and to regulate gambling activity to lessen the risk of such harm.

We published our revised policy on 4 December 2020 and it has effect from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2023.

We have also developed our local area profile which identifies the types of people that are at risk of being vulnerable to gambling-related harm, where they are in Elmbridge, and any current or emerging problems that may increase that risk.  It is important to stress that it does not show where problem gambling or other gambling related issues occur.

View our policy and local area profile:

Our responsibilities

We are responsible for licensing premises in the Borough that are involved in gambling. This includes:

  • licensing premises for gambling activities

  • considering notices given for the temporary use of premises for gambling

  • granting permits for gaming and gaming machines in clubs

  • regulating gaming and gaming machines in alcohol licensed premises

  • granting permits to family entertainment centres for the use of lower stake gaming machines

  • granting permits for prize gaming

  • considering occasional use notices for betting at tracks

  • registering small societies' lotteries

The Gambling Commission are responsible for issuing personal and operator licenses.

The council's gambling policy (Statement of Principles) shows how the council carries out functions in support of the government's objectives, which are:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime and disorder, or being used to support crime

  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way

  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Our existing policy was published on 29 November 2019 and took effect on 1 January 2020.  It expires on 31 December 2020.

Responsible authorities 

Download the list of responsible authorities for Elmbridge applications under the Gambling Act 2005.

For further information, please contact us or telephone 01372 474 750. 

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