The Gambling Act 2005 came into force on 1 September 2007 introducing a new system for the regulation of gambling in England and Wales. The Act repealed the Betting, Gambling and Lotteries Act 1963, the Gaming Act 1968 and the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976. The Act places greater responsibility on local authorities by transferring responsibility for licensing gambling premises from the magistrates court to local councils.
The Forest of Dean District Council is now responsible for issuing premises licences for gambling premises such as arcades and betting shops, whilst the Gambling Commission is responsible for issuing operating and personal licences.
Statement of Principles
To comply with Section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005 the Forest of Dean District Council as the Licensing Authority must publish its Statement of Principles at least every 3 years.
A copy of the Statement of Principles that came into effect on 31 January 2010 is available on this link. It is also available for inspection at the Forest of Dean District Council’s Offices in Coleford during normal working hours.
Publication of Statement of Principles 2013
On the Council Website Statement of Principles 2013.
You can apply to Forest of Dean District Council for any of the following premises licences:
- Adult gaming centre
- Family entertainment centre
- Betting (track)
- Betting (other) including betting shops
You can also apply to Forest of Dean District Council for any of the following permits and notices:
- Temporary use notice - used for temporary gaming activities
- Occasional use notice
- (Unlicensed) Family entertainment centre gaming machine permit
- Club gaming permit
- Small society permit - lotteries
- Licensed premises gaming machine permit
- Prize gaming permit
- Licensed premises gaming machine registration
Applications and Fees
Small Society Lottery
Club Gaming and Machine Permit
Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permits and Notifications
Useful Information to download
Click this link to visit the Gambling Commission website for more information on Bingo in Pubs and Clubs and as a fundraiser.
Use the link to view the Gambling Act 2005 Fees.
Licensing Section, Environmental Protection and Licensing Team, Forest of Dean District Council, High Street, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8HG. Telephone: 01594 812402 or email email@example.com.