Gambling Policy

Closed consultation
Start date:
16 August 2021
Closing date:
08 October 2021


Under the Gambling Act 2005, the Local Authority must prepare a written Statement of Principles that sets out how the council will carry out its licensing functions whilst having regard to the guidance issued by the Gambling Commission and the promotion of the licensing objectives. This Statement of Principles must be reviewed and adopted every 3 years.

The Gambling Act 2005 requires Councils to grant gambling licenses for premises if they meet the requirements of the legislation, the licensing objectives and guidance issued by the Gambling Commission. Therefore, the Council is not able to change the Statement of Principles to be contrary to legislation which would make it unlawful (such as making it easier to refuse a license despite the application meeting the legislation, licensing objectives and gambling Commission guidance).

The Leader of the Council has written to the Department of Culture, Media and Sports to ask for a change in the legislation to allow Council’s to have greater decision making over gambling premises in their areas. A copy of the letters can be seen by clicking on the link below:

Letters from the Leader of Enfield Council to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (pdf)

The main changes to this draft policy were:

We want this draft policy to:

View the Draft 6th Edition Statement of Principles and Local Area Profile document (PDF)

Who could participate

We welcomed the views of those who live, study and work in the are, as well representatives from local organisations and businesses.

How the consultation was delivered


Closing date

Friday 8 October 2021.

Further enquiries

If you have any queries, please contact our Licensing Team by emailing (pdf)

At the time of the consultation, the existing statement of principles and Local Area Profile (PDF) and Draft 6th Edition Statement of Principles and Local Area Profile document with track changes (pdf) were made available.

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