The Gambling Act 2005 – Statement of Principles (Policy) 2021 review

Closed 27 Aug 2021

Opened 1 Jul 2021


Under the Gambling Act 2005, the Licensing Authority is required to publish a statement of principles (policy) which define the principles they will apply in exercising its gambling licensing functions under the Act.

The aim of the policy is to promote the following three licensing objectives:

  • Preventing gambling from 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 persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling



Why your views matter

The Licensing Authority is currently reviewing the gambling policy and we would therefore welcome your comments.

It is important to note the different roles the Gambling Commission, Licensing Authority and the Planning Authority play in the administration of the legislation when commenting on the Gambling Act policy document.

The Gambling Commission regulates gambling on a national level and is responsible for advising national and local government on gambling related issues. Gambling operators (e.g. William and Coral) will require an operating licence and any relevant personal licences from the Gambling Commission, who then apply for a premises licence from the relevant Licensing Authority.

Sheffield Planning Authority’s role in the Gambling Act relates to the granting of planning permission and in particular planning permission for betting shops.  They will deal with permissions under their own legislation and any local plans which can reduce issues like clustering.

Sheffield City Council as the Licensing Authority has a duty under the legislation to licence premises in their area where gambling is to take place and to licence certain other activities such as registering small society lotteries. Decisions by the Licensing Authority and the Gambling Commission must be made in accordance with the three licensing objectives.

We want this policy document to:

  • Provide applicants with a clear, consistent basis for submitting applications and notices in Sheffield;
  • Provide a clear, consistent basis for determining licence applications in Sheffield;
  • Ensure the relevant views of those affected by licensed premises are taken into consideration;
  • Ensure local area issues are taken into account by licensed premises; and
  • Support wider strategies of the City Council and the approach to gambling in the city

What happens next

Sheffield City Council / Licensing Authority is committed to consulting with as wide an audience as possible regarding this and any future Licensing Policy or any amendments in accordance with this policy.

All views will be considered and given proper weight.  The policy will then go through an approval process with the Licensing Committee and up to Full Council. 

The approved document will be published and effective in January 2022 which can be viewed on our licensing website.
















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