Licensing policies in Ealing

Statement of licensing policy for gambling

The council approved a new revised statement of licensing policy for gambling on 7 June 2016 as required under Section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005. 

Our policy provides the broad principles we intend to apply in exercising our functions under the Gambling Act 2005.

The council is responsible for determining applications for premises licences in respect of betting offices, bingo clubs, adult gaming centres and licensed premises.  Additionally, the council will be responsible for administering 'temporary use notices' and 'occasional use notices' and registering small society lotteries.

The act has three clear objectives:

  • keeping gambling crime free
  • making sure that gambling is fair and open
  • protecting children and vulnerable adults from being harmed or exploited by gambling

    The licensing authority cannot become involved in the moral issues relating to gambling and must aim to permit the use of premises for gambling in so far as they think it is:

    • in accordance with any relevant codes of practice
    • in accordance with any relevant guidance issued by the Gambling Commission
    • reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives and in accordance with the licensing authority’s statement of licensing policy

      The fees for gambling premises under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 were approved at a meeting of the Full Council on 19 June 2007.

      If you have any comments on the statement of licensing policy for gambling, or questions relating to applications for premises licences or permits, please direct them to: 

      The Licensing Team 
      Ealing Council, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing W5 2HL
      Tel: (020) 8825 6655

      Copies of the policy are also available in local public libraries.

      Further information

      You can contact the Gambling Commission:

      Victoria House
      Victoria Square, Birmingham B2 4BP
      Tel:  0121 230 6500
      Fax: 0121 237 2236