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As a licensing authority, Dorset Council is asking for the public’s views on two new policies.

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. This is not an exhaustive list, which can be found here. 

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 here and is being consulted on for a period of twelve weeks. The deadline to comment is Sunday 27 September.

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 here and is being consulted on for a period of twelve weeks. The deadline to comment is Sunday 27 September.

The results

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

The aims of the policies

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,’ said a council spokespwerson. ‘We also need to ensure that alcohol misuse is discouraged whilst reducing unnecessary regulations.

‘We invite your comments to make sure we have considered a wide range of views.’

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