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 2016.

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).

Currently we are undertaking a full review of the Gambling Policy (Statement of Licensing Principles). The Licensing Authority must legally undertake a review of the policy at the end of each three-year period. The review was open to public consultation. The closing date for replies to the consultation was 16 August 2018.

The consultation documents can be found under Related Documents - the documents are entitled: Icon for pdf Proposed Statement of Principles (Gambling Policy) January 2019 [2.3MB] and Icon for pdf Gambling Policy - Consultation on Amendments [2.48MB].

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.