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Gambling Licensing Policy Consultation

Licensing authorities are required to prepare and publish a statement of the principles that it proposes to apply when exercising its functions under the Act.

Under the Gambling Act 2005 licensing authorities are required to prepare and publish a statement of the principles that it proposes to apply when exercising its functions under the Act. These aim to:-

  • prevent gambling being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder, or being used to support crime
  • ensure that gambling is carried out in a fair and open way
  • protect children and other vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling

The Statement of Principles is reviewed every three years. The revised statement is updated to reflect changes in the statutory guidance.

Before a revised policy can be published the Licensing Authority must consult with certain other organisations such as West Midlands Police, gambling businesses and other organisations or people affected by gambling activities, however we would be happy to hear from anyone with an interest in this policy and its revisions.

How can I make a comment?

The consultation period is open from 14th September 2021 until 26th October 2021. Any comments may be made in writing to the Licensing Office address below. Please mark your correspondence ‘response to Gambling Policy Consultation’.

The draft statement of principles is available to download at the foot of the page and can also be inspected at the Licensing Office at the address below.

When will the Revised Statement of Policy be available?

After the consultation period has closed all responses/comments will be considered by the Licensing & Safety Committee and then by full Council. The final draft policy will be considered by the full council in February 2022.

How to contact the Licensing Office

Address: Licensing Team, Dudley MBC, Unit 1, Hurst Business Park, Narrow Boat Way, Brierley Hill, DY5 1UF

Telephone: 01384 814474 or 01384 814086

Email address: liquor.licensing@dudley.gov.uk

The office is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm daily. Applicants are seen by appointment only.

Disabled users of our service, please note that if possible could you contact us to make an appointment before visiting our offices, to enable us to meet your needs.