Gambling Act 2005 - consultation on revised draft

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Gambling Act 2005 — Consultation of Revised Draft Statement of Licensing Policy (2019 – 2022)

In 2016, the Council produced a Statement of Licensing Policy for the Gambling Act 2005. It is now time to review that document and a draft revised policy has now been produced. It can be found at

In drawing up its statement of licensing policy, the Council must have regard for the three statutory licensing objectives which are:-

  1. Preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime and disorder or being used to support crime;

  2. Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way; and

  3. Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Operators will need to refer to the Council's statement of licensing policy, and in order to comply with statutory requirements, the Council must consult with:-

  • The Chief Officer of Police for the area;
  • Persons who appear to the authority to represent the interests of persons carrying on gambling businesses; and
  • Persons who appear to the authority to represent the interests of persons who are likely to be affected by the exercise of the authorities functions under the Act.
  • Consultation arrangements on the Council's draft revised statement of licensing policy are now underway.

The document is also available in reception areas from next week at the following places:-

  • The Market Hall, Market Place, Whitehaven CA28 7JG

  • The Millom Council Centre, St George's Road, Millom

Any responses regarding the draft revised licensing policy statement should be submitted in writing to or Copeland Borough Council, Catherine Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7SJ. The deadline is May 29.