The Gambling Commission seeks to ensure that those offering facilities for gambling, or working in the gambling industry, are suitable to do so and that the activities they plan to carry out will be conducted in a manner which minimises the risks to the licensing objectives
Assessing licence applications
In considering an application we have regard to the licensing objectives. We consider whether they are likely to be compromised and the suitability of an applicant to carry out the licensed activities.
When considering the suitability of an applicant we have regard to the following elements and seek evidence to support and enable an assessment to be made against each one:
Identity and ownership– the identity of the applicant and or person(s) relevant to the application and or, in the case of an application for an operating licence, who ultimately owns a corporate applicant.
Finances– financial and other circumstances of the applicant, past and present, and or person(s) relevant to the application. For operating licences this will include the resources likely to be available to carry out the licensed activities.
Integrity– the honesty and trustworthiness of the applicant and or person(s) relevant to the application.
Competence –the experience, expertise, qualifications and history of the applicant and or person(s) relevant to the application.
Criminality– criminal record of the applicant and or person(s) relevant to the application.
In respect of the licensing objectives we will look at the applicants policies for ensuring that the licensing objectives will be adhered to, an understanding of the legislation overall and evidence that arrangements will address the social responsibility requirements.
Our approach to licensing is set out in our Licensing, compliance and enforcement policy statement and Statement of principles for licensing and regulation.
Licensing compliance and enforcement policy statement - September 2009
Licensing decisions Procedures and guidance for the Regulatory Panel - November 2010
Page last reviewed: February 2014