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.