Council seeks views on draft licensing and gambling policies

AS a licensing authority, Dorset Council asking for residents’ views on two new policies on alcohol and gambling licenses. 

The policies are intended to set out what the council expects of premises license and permit holders. These include betting shops, bingo halls, amusement arcades, gaming machines in pubs and clubs, pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and off licences.

Gambling Licenses

For the Gambling Licenses, which relate to the provision of facilities for gambling, the objectives are (as set out by the Gambling Act 2005):

  • To prevent gambling being a source of [or associated with] crime and disorder
  • Ensure gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • Protect children and vulnerable people from being exploited or harmed by gambling

The 2021-2026 draft gambling licence policy is available by clicking here and is being consulted on for a period of 12 weeks. The deadline to comment is Sunday, September 27.

Alcohol Licensing

For the sale of alcohol licence, the objectives are [as set out by the Licensing Act 2003]:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder related to supply of alcohol
  • Public, children and vulnerable people safety
  • Prevention of public nuisance

The 2021-2026 draft alcohol licensing policy is available by clicking here and is also being consulted on for a period of 12 weeks with the same deadline to comment.

The results of both will then be reviewed alongside replies from the service manager by a series of committees. The draft polices will be presented to full council on February 11 2021 for final approval.

Both policies aim to align with the council’s policy priorities of “staying safe and well”, “unique environment” and “economic growth” as found in the Dorset Council’s Plan 2020-2024.

When commenting, please remember that the council wishes to balance the needs of businesses and local residents whilst encouraging a vibrant night-time economy. It also needs to ensure that alcohol misuse is discouraged whilst reducing unnecessary regulations.

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