The licensing regime
There are different types of licences including:
The GC issues operating and personal licences to entities and individuals within the gambling industry. They also issue guidance to licensing authorities who are responsible for issuing gambling operators with premises licences.
An operating licence is a licence under section 65 of the Gambling Act 2005. This licence authorises the operator holding it to perform specific functions –
for example, a casino operating licence authorises the holder of the licence to run a casino, and a bingo operating licence authorises the holder to provide facilities for playing bingo.
Under section 67 of the Gambling Act 2005 a Remote Operating Licence (ROL) authorises remote gambling activity, or activity by means of remote communication, by operators with key equipment in Great Britain. Such operators cannot legally provide remote gambling without a GC licence, however, overseas operators may transact legally with customers in Great Britain. It is illegal to advertise remote gambling unless an EU or white list issued licence is held.
DCMS are undertaking reforms to remote gambling regulation independently of the gambling taxation reforms. As a result of the DCMS reforms, a ROL will be required where at least one piece of remote gambling equipment used to provide remote gambling facilities is situated in Great Britain, or where there is no such equipment in Great Britain but the facilities can be used from there. Only those holding a GC ROL will be able to supply or advertise remote gambling facilities to customers in Great Britain.