Gambling Act 2005

From 1 September 2007 the Gambling Act 2005 replaced the previous regime for the regulation of gambling. Before this date, gambling had been regulated by the following legislation:

  • The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963;
  • The Gaming Act 1968;
  • The Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976.

The Gambling Act 2005 has three main objectives which are:

  • 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; and
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

The Royal Borough is responsible for licensing premises where gambling takes place and for gaming machines on premises which are already licensed for alcohol. If you require a personal licence or an operator's licence under the Gambling Act 2005, you should contact the Gambling Commission.

If you wish to make an application to the Royal Borough then the necessary forms are all available below. In addition, there is a note containing information for clubs and pubs on changes in gambling licensing under the Gambling Act 2005 which affects those businesses.

If you are making a new application for a premises' licence then the list of those you need to consult is given below.

The Act requires the Council to prepare a Statement of Licensing Principles in respect of its position in relation to its duties under the Act. A copy of the policy is available below.

Consultation

The Statement of Principle – Gambling Act 2005 is required to be reviewed and republished every three years and this is now due. Part of the review process is to consult with anyone who might be affected by the local gambling environment, and in particular, how it relates to the three licensing objectives set out in the Act which are;

  • 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.

If you wish to comment on whether you think the current policy provides a clear and robust local policy on gambling premises in RBWM you can do so by post or e-mail as follows;
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
Trading Standards & Licensing – Gambling Act Consultation
Town Hall
St Ives Road
MAIDENHEAD
SL6 1RF

Email : Licensing@RBWM.gov.uk 

We do not have any responsibility for licensing on-line gambling. This consultation relates to gambling premises only and not to on-line gambling.     

This consultation will close on Friday 10 September 2021 so if you wish to contribute, please do so by that date.

List of responsible authorities

Consultation with all responsible authorities should be encouraged prior to the submission of the application during the transition period, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Licensing staff will offer the time to assist applicants.

Planning
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
01628 796050
Email : Planning.maidenhead@rbwm.gov.uk

Environmental Protection
Tinkers Lane Depot
Tinkers Lane
Windsor SL4 4LR
Environmental Protection: 01628 683526
Email: env.health@rbwm.gov.uk

Trading Standards
Tinkers Lane Depot
Tinkers Lane
Windsor SL4 4LR
01628 683569
Email: trading.standards@rbwm.gov.uk

Licensing Team
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
01628 683840
Email: licensing@rbwm.gov.uk

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue
Fire Safety Office
Bridge Road
Maidenhead SL6 8PG
0118 9322422
Email: Easthubfiresafety@rbfrs.co.uk

The Business Manager
Local Safeguarding Children Board
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
01628 683234
Email: lscb@rbwm.gov.uk

Licensing
Thames Valley Police
Headquarters (South)
Kidlington
Oxford OX5 2NX
01865 854022 (RBWM Licensing Officer)
Email: licensing@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Public Health
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Email: public.health@rbwm.gov.uk

Alcohol Licensing Team
Lunar House
40 Wellesley Road
Croydon CR9 2BY
Email: Alcohol@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Forms

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is now accepting applications for licences under the Gambling Act 2005.

Please read the Applicant Guidance which will help you when completing the forms.

Document downloads

Licensing : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

Licensing Section - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF