Gambling policy Part C

Prize Gaming Permits - (Statement of Principles on Permits)

The Gambling Act 2005 states that the Council may “prepare a statement of principles that they propose to apply in exercising their functions under this Schedule” which “may, in particular, specify matters that the Council propose to consider in determining the suitability of the applicant for a permit”.

The Council has prepared a statement of principles which is that the applicant should set out the types of gaming that he or she is intending to offer and that the applicant should be able to demonstrate:

  • that they understand the limits to stakes and prizes that are set out in Regulations;
  • that the gaming offered is within the law
  • clear policies that outline the steps to be taken to protect children from harm.
  • In making its decision on an application for this permit the Council does not need to (but may) have regard to the licensing objectives but must have regard to any Gambling Commission guidance.
  • It should be noted that there are conditions in the Gambling Act 2005 by which the permit holder must comply, but that the Council cannot attach conditions. The conditions in the Act are:
  • the limits on participation fees, as set out in regulations, must be complied with;
  • all chances to participate in the gaming must be allocated on the premises on which the gaming is taking place and on one day; the game must be played and completed on the day the chances are allocated; and the result of the game must be made public in the premises on the day that it is played;
  • the prize for which the game is played must not exceed the amount set out in regulations (if a money prize), or the prescribed value (if non-monetary prize); and
  • participation in the gaming must not entitle the player to take part in any other gambling.