Policy and guidance - gambling

Elmbridge Borough Council is a licensing authority for the purposes of the Gambling Act 2005.

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 gambling policy came into effect on 6 January 2017 and expires on 31 December 2019. Our forthcoming policy is for the 12-month period 01 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 and was published on 29 November 2019. 

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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