THE GAMBLING ACT 2005
Draft Statement of Principles – Gambling Act 2005- we
need your comments.
Small changes have been made to the Statement of Principles -
Gambling Act 2005 document and we need your comments and feedback
before the final draft is presented to full council for adopting
the policy on 12 December, 2012.
Statement of Principles - marked up version
Draft Statement of Principles - clean version
Have your say by 24 October, 2012 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or send your thoughts to Licensing Team, Maidstone Borough
Council, Maidstone House, King Street,
Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JQ.
Maidstone Borough Council is responsible for
issuing gambling and gaming licences and Temporary Use Notices for
gambling-related activities in the Maidstone Borough under the
Gambling Act 2005.
What licences are available for gambling activities and
Gambling Premises Licence
If you intend to run premises
specifically to provide gambling facilities within the Maidstone
Borough, you need to apply for a Gambling Premises
Licence from Maidstone Borough Council. We
- Casino Premises Licences - enabling
games to be played/staked against a bank and/or where each players'
chances of winning are not equal
- Bingo Premises Licences – for the
provision of bingo equipment and sessions
- Adult Gaming Centre Premises
Licences – allowing the use of
category B gaming machines at the premises*
- Family Entertainment Centre
Premises Licences – allowing the use of
category C gaming machines at the premises*
- Betting Premises Licences -
enabling the provision of equipment for betting, by making or
accepting bets or by acting as a betting intermediary
- Tracks – allowing racing, such as
horse or dog racing
With the exception of tracks for dog-
or horse-racing, a premises licence cannot include more than one of
the above. For example, Betting cannot take place at a Family
If you intend to serve alcohol, or provide any
regulated entertainment at your premises, you will also need
a premises licence.
You need to apply for a gaming
permit from Maidstone Borough Council for premises within the
Maidstone Borough where you want to site gaming machines or hold
infrequent gambling events. The following options are
- Family Entertainment Centre Gaming Machine Permit (Unlicensed
FEC) – allowing the use of
category D gaming machines at the premises*
- Club Permits (Club Gaming Permits and Club Machine Permits) –
allowing registered clubs to hold games of chance or provide gaming
machines for members’ use
- Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permits – allowing the use of
gaming machines in premises licensed for the sale of alcohol and/or
- Prize Gaming and Prize Gaming Permits
- Temporary Use Notices or Occasional Use Notices – allowing
infrequent gambling events
*Follow the links for details from
the Gambling Commission on the different categories of gaming
machines and their associated stakes and prizes.
Please contact the Licensing Team in the first
instance on 01622 602000 if you need any clarification over whether
you need a licence, or what kind of licence you require.
Act 2005 is regulated by the Gambling Commission, and controls
all gambling activities.
How do I apply for a Gambling Licence?
Full information on how to apply for a licence
for gambling premises is available under “Gambling Premises”.
Full information for how to apply to licence
gaming machines, infrequent events or lotteries is available under
How much do gambling licences cost?
The licence fee payable varies greatly
depending on which licence or administrative procedure you are
applying for. Gambling Premises licence fees are set by Maidstone
Borough Council, whereas Permit fees are set nationally by law.
The fee structure is set out clearly in the
Maidstone Borough Council Gambling Fees table.
The Statement of Gambling Policy
Maidstone Borough Council has prepared a draft Gambling Act
Policy Statement of Principles for 2013-2016 in accordance with the
statutory requirement to publish a new statement every three
The draft document does not incorporate any substantial changes
to the existing Policy Statement. The changes which have been made
are of a technical nature to reflect recent changes to the relevant
legislation or Guidance issued by the Gambling Commission.
The draft document includes proposed changes resulting from the
draft Gambling Commission’s Guidance 4th Edition which is currently
subject to consultation. In the event that the Gambling
Commission’s Guidance 4th Edition is amended following
consultation, the Council’s draft Policy Statement will be amended
accordingly prior to publication.
Any comments you make will be duly considered prior to the
formal approval of the document for publication.
If you wish to make any response please do so by email to
email@example.com or in writing to the address
Senior Licensing Officer
Maidstone Borough Council
The deadline for receipt of responses is Wednesday 24 October
The current Statement
of Gambling Policy was agreed by the Council on
31st January 2010. It sets out the policies that the
Council applies when granting gambling licences. It was
produced following extensive consultation with existing licence
holders, businesses, residents, community groups and the emergency
services. It is based on the following gambling licensing
- 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
- Protecting children and other vulnerable
persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
The Gambling Act requires all Licensing Authorities to prepare,
consult on and publish a Statement of Gambling Policy, which will
set out how the Authority will manage the licensing of local
gambling premises over the next three years.
How do I object if someone's gambling licence
application may affect me or my area?
Once the Council receives a valid application
for a new licence or a change of licence, members of the public
with a genuine interest have 28 days in which to make an
objection. All objections must be in writing and sent to the
Senior Licensing Officer, Maidstone House, King Street,
Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JQ.
If any objection is received, a hearing is
held so that any interested parties or relevant authorities have
the chance to make their views heard. Any decisions made will take
these views into account.
Once a gambling licence has been granted,
people who live or work in the vicinity of the licensed
premises, or any relevant authority such as the police, may ask for
a review of the licence if
they feel they are being adversely affected by the operation of the
If you have a complaint relating to gambling
premises or suspect a premises is operating without the required
licence, please contact the Licensing Team using the details to the
right of this page.
Further information on the Gambling Act
If you need legal advice we would suggest you
contact a specialist solicitor. However, general further
information is available on this website: