The Gambling Act 2005 introduced procedures which significantly affect the administration of gambling in this country.

Runnymede Borough Council is the licensing authority under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 and responsible for the administration and enforcement of premises licences and permits under the Act.
Under the Gambling Act 2005, the local authority must prepare a written Statement of Licensing Policy, and have regard to the guidance issued by the Gambling Commission.
This Policy sets out how the council will carry out its licensing functions with a view to promoting the three licensing objectives:

  • 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 act requires the council to prepare a Policy every three years.

The current Policy covers the period 31 January 2019 - 30 January 2022  has now been approved following consultation, Icon for pdf Gambling Policy 2019 - 2022 [724.01KB].

This policy contains a local area profile Icon for pdf local area profile [364.06KB] and information relating to the operators local risk assessment.


The Gambling Commission's licence conditions and codes of practice

This document sets out the Gambling Commission's general licence conditions and associated code of practice provisions (LCCP) under the Gambling Act 2005 (the Act).

We can grant permits to regulate gaming machines for premises which provide a gambling facility, without gambling being the main function of the premises.
A small society lottery is one which is promoted on behalf of a non-commercial society - such as a charity or similar non-profit making organisation - to raise funds.