Policy and guidance - gambling

Elmbridge gambling policy review 2020

Every three years, Elmbridge Borough Council must review its statement of licensing policy under the Gambling Act 2005.  Our existing policy expires on 31 December 2020.

Our policy plays a vital role in our desire to manage the risk of gambling-related harm in Elmbridge and to regulate gambling activity to mitigate the risk of such harm.  In setting out how operators of gambling premises should operate, the policy contributes to our priorities relating to reduced levels of crime and ensuring there is a vibrant cultural and leisure offer for residents, businesses, and visitors that is safe and attractive.

Our policy needs to be up to date and relevant to the individual characteristics of the borough. Some areas in the current policy are no longer relevant or need updating and we have now developed the revised draft policy.

We are now consulting on those changes and would like to hear your views.

Our consultation starts on Monday 27 July 2020 and finishes at midnight on Sunday 18 October 2020.

You can view our policy 

If you would like to comment on our draft policy and the proposed changes, you can do so:

  • by email to: envhealth@elmbridge.gov.uk

  • in writing to Principal Licensing Officer, Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9SD.

Please include your name, full contact address, and telephone number so that we can verify your response.  We are unlikely to consider anonymous responses or those given after 18 October 2020.

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

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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