How do I apply for a personal management licence - bingo?
If you apply for an operating licence to run bingo games, you
may need to apply for one or more personal management licences
(PMLs) as well.
You might not need to apply for a PML if you qualify as a
However, if you are applying for a non-remote or remote casino
licence, the Commission’s view, as a matter of policy, is that it
is difficult for a casino operator to be able to satisfy the
Commission that they can uphold the licensing objectives; adhere to
licence conditions and codes of practice; and manage the particular
risks of a casino operation effectively with only up to three
people occupying the qualifying positions.
The Commission would therefore normally expect that such
operators have more than three people occupying the qualifying
positions and that those individuals apply for PMLs.
If a casino operating licence applicant is of the view that they
could satisfy the Commission as to effective management and control
with three people or fewer in the qualifying positions, they should
contact the Commission to discuss this before submitting the
If you qualify as a small-scale operator, individuals will need
to complete an Annex A personal declaration form instead of a PML
application - (Annex A) personal declaration form - March
details of anyone in these positions.
Otherwise, anyone responsible for any of these areas of your
organisation will need to apply for a PML:
- Overall strategy and delivery of gambling operations.
- Financial planning, control and budgeting.
- Marketing and commercial development.
- Regulatory compliance.
- Gambling related IT provision and security.
- Management of the licensed activity for a particular area in
Great Britain where you have five or more sets of premises for
which you hold a premises licence.
- Management of a single set of bingo licensed premises.
Individuals who perform more than one of these management
functions at the same time only need to hold one PML.
When do I apply?
You should apply for personal management licences (PMLs) for
people in relevant management positions at the same time as
applying for your operating licence.
Until the Gambling Commission issues your PML, you should not
carry out the responsibilities that a PML allows you to do, for
example, make operational decisions.
Application forms for personal management
You should apply online by completing the following forms
(you will need Adobe Reader
9.1 or above installed on your computer in
order to download them):
Please read the guidance notes carefully when completing
your application form.
If you need a paper copy of these forms, please contact us.
What do I need to do to complete my
As well as your completed application form, you will also need
to send in:
If you are not a British national or have not lived in the UK
for the past two years, you should also send us your overseas
If you do not send us all the information we require, we may
reject your application.
We will not return your fee if your application is unsuccessful
or you choose to withdraw from the application process.
How do I submit my application?
print out the blank application form and fill it in by
hand in black ink. When you have completed your personal management
licence application and photo ID form, please send them along with
any supporting documents to the address below. Make sure if
you are paying your licence fee by credit or debit card that you
have completed the payment section at the end of the
Victoria Square House
What happens next?
Find out what happens after you apply.
Page last reviewed: March 2013