Gambling Policy

We are now consulting on a full review of our Statement of Principles (Gambling Policy) . 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 consultation closes on 06 August 2021. Should you have any comments regarding the proposed amendments to the Statement of Principles document please send them via

The Gambling Act 2005replaced most of the existing laws about gambling in Great Britain and replaced it with an improved, more comprehensive structure of gambling regulation. It transferred the responsibility for gaming premises from the Magistrates to the Licensing Authority and increased the powers of the Gambling Commission. 

The Act requires Licensing Authorities to prepare and publish every three years, a Statement of Principles which outlines the principles which they propose to apply when exercising their functions. 

The Gambling Policy is similar to that required by the Licensing Act 2003and must follow procedures set out in the Act, including whom they consult.  

The Licensing Authority's main functions

  • To issue Premises Licences for Betting Offices and Race Tracks, Bingo Clubs, Adult Gaming Centres and Family Entertainment Centres

  • To grant Permits for Gaming Machines in members' clubs and licensed premises, Prize Gaming and Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres

  • To authorise the temporary use of premises for gambling

  •  To register Small Society Lotteries

There are three licensing objectives which underpin the Gambling Act

  • To prevent gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder, or being used to support crime

  • To ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way

  • To protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Licensing registers are available on our Public Registers web portal


West Lindsey District Council
Guildhall, Marshall's Yard
DN21 2NA