Who we are

The Gambling Commission was set up under the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate commercial gambling in Great Britain. On 1 October 2013 we also took over the responsibilities of the National Lottery Commission to regulate the National Lottery under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993:  Who we are and what we do

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014

  • The Act is in effect from 1 November 2014. If you want to know if an online gambling site is registered, check our licence register. If you have any questions about getting licensed, visit our frequently asked questions blog.

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New quick guides published 

    - What to look out for before gambling

    - Gambling safely - a quick guide for parents and others

online applications

Application online – a new way to apply for licences

  • We have launched a new system that will allow some operators to apply for a licence online.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Personal licence maintenance Bingo Competitions and prize draws complaints Gambing machines

Remote (online) gambling licences




Gaming machines

getting a licence Lotteries and fundraising

betting sector

Poker problem gambling

Getting a

Lotteries and fundraising



Problem gambling

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