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Gambling Act 2005

Boston Borough Council are currently consulting on a review of our Gambling Policy (Statement of Licensing Principles) and would value receiving your views on the proposed revised policy.  All comments received will be given proper consideration by the Licensing Authority.

In determining what weight to give particular representations, the factors to be taken into account include:

• Who is making the representation (what is their expertise or interest);
• what their motivation may be for their views; and
• how far the representations relate to matters that the Licensing Authority should be including in its Statement of Principles.

The Licensing Authority can only consider representations within the scope of the Act.

I hope you will be able to send us your comments.  Please forward any response in writing to the above address by 25 October 2018.  Alternatively, you can e-mail your comments to

Please make reference to the paragraph and page number of draft revised Statement of Principles to which you are referring.

A summary of responses will be published shortly after the closing date. Please note information in responses, including personal information, may be subject to publication or the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed to any correspondents, and will only be possible if considered appropriate under the legislation.


The Gambling Act 2005 replaces most of the existing laws about gambling in Great Britain and replaces it with an improved, more comprehensive structure of gambling regulation. It transfers the responsibility for gaming premises from the Magistrates to the Licensing Authority and increases 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 2003 and must follow procedures set out in the Act, including whom they consult.

The Licensing Authority's main functions are:

There are three Licensing Objectives which underpin the Gambling Act:-


Privacy Notice

We are required by law to protect your privacy and inform you how your information may be used.The Licensing team collect your personal information to process and manage your  Licence Application or Notice

Some of your information may be made available on a publicly available register and provided on our website as required by relevant legislation.

The information provided by you may also be used for legitimate reasons by other departments of Boston Borough Council and other lawful agencies.

These reasons may include but are not limited to: prevention of crime, detection of fraud and public safety

In some cases information relating to your applications may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act, this council will review these requests to consider if it is lawful to comply.

The Council takes your privacy seriously.  The Council is the Data Controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998.

If you want to know more about the information we have about you, or the way we use your information please contact the Council.

Related documents

Size Name
[86kb] Club Machine Permit Guidance notes Guidance notes for holders of a club machine permit
[141kb] Club Gaming permit application form Form to apply for a club machine permit or a club gaming permit
[60kb] Gambling Commission Code of Practice Code of practice issued by the Gambling Commission
[724kb] Gambling Act - Draft Statement of Principles 2019 Gambling Act - Draft Statement of Principles 2019

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.