Consultation regarding Review of Gambling Policy

We are now consulting on a full review of our 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 is open to public consultation.

The policy relates to the licensing of betting shops, bingo halls, amusement arcades, etc. In particular, the policy is intended to guide decision makers, applicants, objectors and others regarding the decision making process.

The policy outlines how the Licensing Authority will consider and determine applications under the Gambling Act 2005. It also states how the Authority will work to fulfil the three licensing objectives, which are: 

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or 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.

It is important to note that there are no other licensing objectives.

A document detailing the proposed amendments to the current policy can be found on under the Download section. The document also gives a brief explanation of why the amendments are being proposed.

A full copy of the proposed policy document can also be found under the Download section. All the proposed changes to the policy can be found in bold typeface in the document.

A copy of our current policy document can be found in the Download section of the Gambling Act 2005 page:

The consultation closes on 17 August 2018, should you have any comments regarding the proposed amendments to the statement of principles document please send them via one of the following methods:


West Lindsey District Council
Marshall’s Yard
DN21 2NA

Please mark any emailed response with the title ‘Gambling Policy Consultation 2018’.

Please note that any observations or suggestions must be relevant to the licensing objectives. Where possible, please provide evidence to support any views expressed in your consultation reply. If you require any further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact the Licensing Team by email at: