Gambling and lottery licences

Statement of Principles under the Gambling Act 2005

The Council is required by the Gambling Act 2005 to publish a Statement of the principles that it proposes to apply when exercising its functions under the Act. This statement must be published every three years and the first period started on 31 January 2007.

Review of the Gambling Policy

The Statement of Principles under the Gambling Act 2005 for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames has been reviewed in accordance with requirements of the Gambling Act 2005 and was adopted at the Full Council meeting on 26 February 2013. The revised Gambling Statement of Principles, (our policy statement) sets out our policy for dealing with applications and regulating gambling premises within the Borough.  

Where to view the Policy

Please see the revised and current Statement of Principles under the Gambling Act 2005(pdf, 769KB) as of January 2016.

You can also review the previous policy(pdf, 305KB).

A paper copy of the revised Policy can be obtained from the Licensing Authority offices (contact details are below).

Scope of the Statement

The statement of principles has been prepared bearing in mind the limitations on the discretion of the Council imposed by the Act. This gives predominance to the Gambling Commission's codes and guidance.

Under the provisions of the Act, the Council must aim to permit the use of premises for gambling in so far as it thinks it is:

  • (a) In accordance with any relevant code of practice issued by the Gambling Commission,
  • (b) In accordance with any relevant guidance issued by the Gambling Commission,
  • (c) Reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives,
    • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime,
    • Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
    • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling
  • (d) In accordance with the Council's statement of licensing principles subject to (a) to (c) above.

Application Forms

Application forms for gambling licenses are available from the Gambling Commission website.

Responsible authorities

You must notify the ‘Responsible Authorities’ when applying for a gambling license. Responsible authority notification forms can be found on the Gambling Commission website.

The required notification form must be sent to each of the following responsible authorities:

The Licensing Authority
The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
2nd Floor Civic Centre
44 York Street
Twickenham TW1 3BZ

The Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham
B2 4BP

Richmond Police Licensing Team
Sovereign Gate
18 - 20 Kew Road
Richmond
Surrey TW9 2NA

London Fire Brigade
Fire Safety Regulation: South West Area 4
169 Union Street
London
SE1 0LL

Planning Authority Development Control Manager
Planning (Development Control)
2nd Floor Civic Centre
44 York Street
Twickenham TW1 3BZ

Kingston & Richmond Local Safeguarding Children’s Board
Floor 1, East Side
Guildhall 2,
Kingston upon Thames,
KT1 1EU

HM Revenue and Customs
National Registration Unit
Portcullis House
21 India Street
Glasgow
G2 4PZ

Anna Bryden
Public Health Consultant
Richmond Borough Team
1st Floor Civic Centre
44 York Street
Twickenham
TW1 3BZ

Commercial Environmental Health
2nd Floor Civic Centre
44 York Street
Twickenham
TW1 3BZ

Lotteries

A lottery is any arrangement in which people pay to take part and prizes are allocated by a process that relies on chance. Examples would include:

  • A raffle
  • A Tombola
  • 100 club draws
  • Scratch cards

Further information and guidance on lotteries can be found on the Gambling Commission website or by contacting the Licensing Team.

Contact the Licensing Team

If you have any questions or comments please contact Licensing

Licensing

2nd Floor
Civic Centre
44 York Street
Twickenham
TW1 3BZ

Telephone: 020 8831 6455
Fax: 020 8891 7713
Email: licensing@richmond.gov.uk

Updated: 10 December 2015