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Gambling Act 2005

Last Modified July 29, 2021

The Act promotes three key objectives to enable more freedom for business operators and customers, while clamping down on crime and disorder and protecting children and the vulnerable. These are:

  • Preventing gambling being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way, and
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling.


The Gambling Commission is responsible for granting operating and personal licences for commercial gambling while we licence gambling premises in Hertsmere.

A Premises Licence is required where an individual or company wants to offer premises-based gambling. The licences are issued in respect of specific premises.

Under the Gambling Act 2005, Statement of Principles Gambling Policy 2018-2021 a Premises Licence is required for the following premises:

  • casino
  • bingo hall
  • betting shop
  • betting (track) - sporting venues not just tracks
  • amusement arcade (for adults only, or where adult machines are provided)


Please look at  or for further information the Gambling Commission

Statement of principles review

Consultation on Hertsmere Borough Council Review of its Statement of Principles further to section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005.

The above Act requires Hertsmere Borough Council to review its Statement of Principles) every 3 years and to consult those who may be affected by it before adopting the principles for a further 3 year period.

The statement explains how the Council will determine applications for licenses required under the Gambling Act 2005- these include permits and premises licenses for: betting shops, track betting, bingo, family entertainment centres, adult gaming centres (amusement arcades) and gaming machines in pubs and clubs.

The Council’s Licensing committee approved the following draft statement of principles for the purposes of public consultation.

Please click HERE to view Hertsmere's Gambling Policy 2022-2025 (Draft policy for consultation)

Members of the public are encouraged to complete the online survey at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KT8FJT8  or alternatively to e-mail licensing.services@hertsmere.gov.uk with their views.

The consultation ends on 3 September 2021.

How much will it cost for an application?

Please see the Gambling Act 2005 Fee Structure. (Please note these fees where correct at time of publication and are subject to change at any time).

Responsible Authorities S.157

A list of Responsible Authorities is available here: GA-RESPONSIBLE-AUTHORITIES


Gambling Act 2005

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