Gambling

The Gambling Act 2005 applies to casinos, bingo clubs, betting shops, amusement arcades, gaming machines, prize gaming, lotteries and other forms of gambling.

We work with the Gambling Commission and licence gambling premises in the district as well as issuing permits in relation to gaming machines and other forms of gambling. The Commission is responsible for granting operating and personal licences for gambling operators and personnel working in the gambling industry.

Any person or business that wishes to operate a gambling business in East Lindsey such as a betting shop or amusement arcade, must first apply for an operating licence and any relevant personal licences from the Gambling Commission. After this they can then apply to us for a premises licence.

Small Casino Premises Licence

We have been granted the right to issue a Small Casino Premises Licence. We expect those who wish to operate the casino facility to support their application with evidence of how best such a development would meet the regeneration needs of the East Lindsey District. In due course the Council will be inviting applications for the small casino premises licence. Further information in relation to small casino premises licence can be found in the Council's Gambling Policy.

Statement of Principles (Gambling Policy)

We have published a Statement of Licensing Policy in relation to gambling licensing. The policy has been adopted following consultation with a wide range of people including representatives of existing premises licence holders. The current version of the Gambling Policy came into force in January 2019.

The policy is intended to guide decision makers, applicants, objectors and others regarding the decision making process. It also states how the Authority will work to fulfil the licensing objectives.

By following the link, under Related Documents, on this web page you can download the current Statement of Principles (Gambling Policy).

Gambling Premises Licence Reviews

A Responsible Authority (e.g. Lincolnshire Police) or an interested party may make an application for the review of a gambling premises licence that is in force. As the Licensing Authority we can also initiate a review of a licence, without the need for representations having been made to us. This will be on the basis of where we suspect that the licence conditions are not being complied with, or for other reasons where we believe a review is appropriate.

A Responsible Authority (e.g. Lincolnshire Police) or an interested party may make an application for the review of a gambling premises licence that is in force. As the Licensing Authority we can also initiate a review of a licence, without the need for representations having been made to us. This will be on the basis of where we suspect that the licence conditions are not being complied with, or for other reasons where we believe a review is appropriate.

By following the link on this web page you can view the details of both current and recent licence reviews.

Gambling Premises Licences - Local Risk Assessments

It is a requirement of the Gambling Commission's Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) for licensees to assess the local risks to the licensing objectives posed by the provision of gambling facilities at their premises and have policies, procedures and control measures to mitigate those risks.

In making risk assessments, licensees must take into account relevant matters identified in this Authority's Gambling Policy document. The document can be found under Related Documents on this webpage.

The LCCP goes on to say licensees must review (and update as necessary) their local risk assessments:

  • to take account of significant changes in local circumstance, including those identified in the Council's gambling policy;
  • when there are significant changes at a licensee's premises that may affect their mitigation of local risks;
  • when applying for a variation of a premises licence.

In addition, operators must undertake a local risk assessment when applying for a new premises licence.

The Local Risk Assessment should indicate the provision of gambling facilities at each individual premises, and set out the policies, procedures and control measures that the operator has in place to mitigate those risks.

This Authority will expect that the manager of the gambling premises in question (and wherever possible the local staff) are involved in the formulation of the local risk assessment. It is also expected that a copy of the finalised local risk assessment will kept at the gambling premises in question and be made available to staff (and inspecting officers) at all times.

The local risk assessment should show how vulnerable people, including people with gambling dependencies, are protected.