Edinburgh Licensing Board – draft Gambling Policy

Closed 11 Dec 2015

Opened 9 Nov 2015

Feedback updated 19 Apr 2016

We asked

The Edinburgh Licensing Board asked for comments on the terms of its draft Gambling Policy Statement, to assist the board in agreeing its policy for the next three years.  The consultation was carried out to ensure that the Board complied with legal requirements to consult and eventually publish a new policy statement.

You said

The Board received a small number of responses on the terms of the gambling policy statement.  The responses suggested some minor amendments to the terms of the Board’s existing policy.

We did

The Licensing Board agreed to incorporate the suggestions made by consultees, amended the terms of the gambling policy and published its new policy on 31st January 2016 - http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/1708/licensing_board_-_gambling_policy_2016-2019


Edinburgh Licensing Board has to prepare a Gambling Policy Statement every three years. The policy sets out what the Board has to consider when dealing with applications under the Gambling Act 2005 (e.g. betting shops, casinos, bingo, gaming machines, etc).

The Board has agreed a draft policy and is now carrying out a short consultation on its terms.  

Why your views matter

The Edinburgh Licensing Board sits separately from the City of Edinburgh Council. The Board is the licensing authority for gambling premises and activity in its geographical area. The Board has to agree a policy statement every three years, setting out how it will consider gambling premises and activity in the area.

The consultation is taking place over a relatively short period, as the Board has not agreed any significant changes to its existing policy. The Board has agreed that it will consider carrying out consultation on a further, supplementary policy at a later date.

What happens next

The Board is currently considering the responses received, and will publish the new Gambling Policy on 31st January 2016.

The Board has reserved the option of carrying out consultation on a supplementary policy at a later date.


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