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Read our 2013 Gambling policy

The gambling policy was published by Thanet District Council on 19 December 2012. Effective from 31 January 2013, it sets out how the Council will meet the ‘licensing objectives’ set out in the Gambling Act.

Gambling legislation was revised in the Gambling Act 2005, which came into force on the 1 September 2007.  The Act has three key objectives in relation to gambling:

  • to ensure it is fair,
  • crime free, and
  • children and vulnerable people are protected.

The Gambling Commission, (the regulator replacing the old Gaming Board), have powers to investigate, prosecute, fine, and remove the licences of operators who fail to comply with the law.

Local Authorities have been given new and extended responsibilities for licensing premises for gambling, betting, casino gaming and bingo, where previously responsibility lay with the Magistrate's Court, is transferred to local authorities.

The Thanet District Council policy was drawn up within the legal constraints of the Guidance issued by the Gambling Commission. The Council, as required under the Act, will be reviewing the policy in three years time.

We hope that those in the licensed trade, and other interested parties, will find the policy an essential document.

The Gambling Policy may also be inspected during normal office hours at the Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent.