Consultation [Closed] : Review of gambling policy

We are currently reviewing our Gambling Policy, with the intention that the amended policy will become effective in January 2022.

It is a legal requirement for every local authority to produce a Statement of Gambling Policy and review the policy at least every 3 years. We are legally obliged to have regard to the Policy when making decisions on licence applications or reviews relating to the Gambling Act 2005.

The Government are currently carrying out a review of the Gambling Act 2005 – their call for evidence closed at midnight on 31st March 2021. Once the outcome of this review is published a further, more in-depth review of our policy may be required.

In light of this no major changes have been made to the policy.

The key changes include:

  • References to the updated Gambling Commission Guidance to Licensing Authorities amended in line with the new guidance;
  • Information now included in relation to considerations and proximity to sensitive premises;
  • Number of gambling related premises licensed / permitted in Blackburn with Darwen;
  • Updated information on consulting with Public Health

Your comments should be sent to the Licensing Office by no later than midnight on 12 December either by email to or by post to:

Licensing, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Environment & Operations Dept., Public Protection Service, Davyfield Depot, Roman Road Industrial Estate, Blackburn, BB1 2LX