Gambling, gaming & lottery

Consultation on the Revised Statement of Principles under the Gambling Act 2005

The council is consulting widely on its revised statement which is now available to view. Any person who wishes to make observations or comments on the document should do so by February 2021. Comments may be submitted via email to or by post to the Hart Licensing Department, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, London Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 4AH.

Hart District Council is the Licensing Authority pursuant to the Gambling Act 2005 and is responsible for considering a range of licence and permit applications such as:

  • Premises licences (for places such as betting shops, arcades, bingo halls, race tracks and casinos)
  • Gaming permits (allowing the provision of facilities for gaming)
  • Machine permits (allowing gaming machines for use on premises)
  • Gaming notifications (provision of limited numbers of gaming machines)
  • Temporary and occasional use notices
  • Small society lotteries

The council's aim is to ensure gambling is conducted in a fair and open way whilst ensuring the protection of vulnerable people. The Act has three policy objectives which the council will do its duty to uphold. Each is given equal weight:

  • 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.

Social responsibility remains the top priority - protection of the public, especially children and the vulnerable.

The Act is also supported by close, open and consultative working with all stake holders - the industry, faith belief and community groups; researchers; those dealing with day to day problem gamblers.

Below you can find a range of application forms relating to the different types of gaming and lottery licences.

NB. All new applicants are required to submit the following:

  • a copy of the terms and conditions of their constitution 
  • a declaration stating that the applicant represents a bona-fide non-commercial society 
  • a copy of authorisation letters for either the two signatories who are appointed for the purpose by the society, or a letter of appointment of the governing body 
  • application fee of £40.00 - this can be paid online via the "pay for it" section on the home page

For more information and help please see the Hart policy, visit the gambling commission or go here to find additional information for licences