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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our  Coronavirus information page

You are invited to view and contribute to the The Mayor's Covid Record of Reflection

Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005 ('the 2005 Act'), came fully into force on 1 September 2007, and aimed to put in place an improved, more comprehensive structure of gambling legislation. The Act also created a new unified industry regulator, the Gambling Commission.

Its three objectives are:

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of 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.

Gambling Licensing Policy 2019 to 2022 [pdf] 437KB

Making application

Prescribed application forms are available from the Licensing Unit, Castle Point Borough Council and Government offices such as the Gambling Commission.  Should you  choose to make an application please contact the Licensing  office on 01268 882480 or email your request to the

Licensing Application Forms

Making representations

It should be noted that, unlike the Licensing Act, the Gambling Act does not include a specific licensing objective in relation to public nuisance. Any objections to new premises or requests for a review of a licence should be based on the three licensing objectives.


The authority is required to maintain a register of applications made under the Gambling Act 2005. This may be inspected at Castle Point Borough Council, Council Offices, Kiln Road, Benfleet, Essex SS7 1TF on Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.00hrs and 16.30hrs, except on Bank Holidays. There is also an online Public Register  Licensing Public Register


Fees and Charges 2020-2021 [pdf] 570KB