Changes to licensing forms: helping ensure access to gambling areas is controlled
Having well-controlled access to gambling areas is an important tool in minimising gambling harm. The Department is making changes to ensure it’s easier, from the outset, for societies and venues to get access right. We want the processing of your application to be as smooth as possible so have clarified our requirements about the detail we need.
What changes are taking place?
The Department is updating the following licensing forms (“the forms”):
The changes help clarify access requirements to gambling areas under s67 of the Gambling Act 2003. The forms have also been updated to outline the Department’s expectations about information that societies and venues need to provide in support of the application. A key document that needs to be provided by societies and venues with the application is the A4 floor plan of the gambling area. See a sample floor plan on our website.
Why have these changes been made?
The Department regularly receives applications that do not have sufficient information to allow us to determine whether access is sufficient to satisfy legal requirements. This results in unnecessary delays in the processing of applications until the necessary information is received or venues are inspected.
What are the changes aiming to achieve?
These delays can be frustrating for the Department, the society, and the venue operator that has had their application placed on hold. While the changes will require more clarity and more information to be supplied initially, it is hoped this will result in fewer delays and greater efficiency in the processing of applications.
When will the changes take effect?
The updated forms will be available on the Department’s website from 3 July 2015.