Statement of Principles for gambling in Westminster

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 3 years. The first period of 3 years started on 31 January 2007.

Current Statement of Principles

5th edition of the Council's Statement of Principles (starts 31 January 2019)

If you have questions about any aspect of this policy statement, please contact the Licensing team.

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), (b) and (c) above.

Previous Statements of Principles


Last updated: 8 January 2019