The Gambling Act 2005 states three licensing objectives which we must work towards:

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

The council is responsible for licensing gambling premises in the Vale of White Horse district as well as issuing permits for lower stake gaming machines. Applications for a premises licences under the Gambling Act 2005 must be submitted to the Licensing Team at the council, along with the appropriate fee (21.3 KB) PDF . Further information regarding the Gambling Act 2005, licences and permits can be found on the Gambling Commission website.

Vale of White Horse District Council's Statement of Licensing Policy

Under the Gambling Act 2005, the council is required to prepare a Statement of Licensing Policy (335.4 KB) PDF . The statement sets out the approach we take in promoting the licensing objectives.

We have recently consulted on our proposals to update the council’s Joint Statement of Licensing Policy.  The proposed changes are as follows: 

  • 2.7.2 and 2.7.3: Local area profiles are now available on the council websites to assist operators in developing their risk assessments which are required for the application process. 
  • 2.12: Updated to refer to Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation. 
  • Annex 4: Updated to make reference to the government review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures and the decision that maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals will be reduced from £100 to £2. 

You can view the draft policy here (1005.9 KB) Word 2007

We will shortly publish a report on the feedback received and our response to any main issues or suggestions received. The results of the consultation will be used to inform the final policy which each council will adopt. 

For further details, please contact the Licensing Team.

Local Area Profile

Since April 2016 all operators of gambling premises are required to undertake a risk assessment for their premises based on the nature of their operation and the nature of the local area and population.

The council has provided the following Local Area Profile (55.1 KB) PDF to assist in the development of the risk assessment. Operators must ensure they are familiar with the contents of the Local Area Profile and ensure their risk assessment reflects its requirements.

Last reviewed: 09 - 10 - 2018

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