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10 Assessing local risk

10.1.1 - Assessing local risk

Applies to:

All non-remote casino, adult gaming centre, bingo, family entertainment centre, betting and remote betting intermediary (trading room only) licences, except non-remote general betting (limited) and betting intermediary licences.

Social responsibility code

Compliance with these is a condition of licences; therefore any breach of them by an operator may lead the Commission to review the operator’s licence with a view to suspension, revocation or the imposition of a financial penalty and would also expose the operator to the risk of prosecution.

  1. Licensees must assess the local risks to the licensing objectives posed by the provision of gambling facilities at each of their premises, and have policies, procedures and control measures to mitigate those risks. In making risk assessments, licensees must take into account relevant matters identified in the licensing authority’s statement of licensing policy1 .

  2. Licensees must review (and update as necessary) their local risk assessments:

    1. to take account of significant changes in local circumstances, including those identified in a licensing authority’s statement of licensing policy;
    2. when there are significant changes at a licensee’s premises that may affect their mitigation of local risks;
    3. when applying for a variation of a premises licence; and
    4. in any case, undertake a local risk assessment when applying for a new premises licence.


1This is the statement of licensing policy under the Gambling Act 2005.

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