Gambling Act 2005 consultation

​This consultation is now closed.


The Council is consulting on its Statement of Licensing Principles under the Gambling Act 2005. The policy outlines the principles we will apply when carrying out our functions under the Act.

The Gambling Commission is responsible for licensing operators and individuals who provide gambling and betting facilities. Cheshire West and Chester has a duty under the Gambling Act 2005 to licence premises where gambling is to take place and to licence certain other activities such as issuing permits and registering small society lotteries.

Every Licensing Authority must develop, consult on and publish a Statement of its Licensing Principles every three years. The Statement of Principles sets out the principles which Cheshire West and Chester will apply in exercising its licensing functions under the Act.

This is the second revision of the Statement of Licensing Principles the current Statement was published in 2014.

Only minor amendments are proposed as the current Statement of Licensing Principles is working well and generally, gambling premises throughout the Borough appear to be managed effectively and in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 and relevant codes of practice.

Main Changes


  • Update of population data and council priorities

9.A  Risk Assessments/Area Profiles

  • Inclusion of requirement for an applicant to prepare a risk assessment for their business taking into account of the nature and characteristics of the locality in which their premises are situated.
  • Area Profiles are being drafted and will form part of a further review 2017 and subject to a separate consultation process.

Appendix 3 Gaming Machine Categories

  • Updated Gaming Machine Categories (From Jan 2014)

Appendix 4 Summary of Machine Provisions by Premises

  • Inclusion within the Statement of Licensing Principles of machine provision information by premises type.

How to get involved

If you would like to make comments on any aspect of the policy in response to this consultation, you can do so in one of the following ways:

Please ensure any responses are received no later than 3 January 2017.


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