Gambling sectors

How do I apply for an operating licence - casinos?


 

Next

If you would like to run a casino or offer casino games (for example poker), you need an operating licence from the Gambling Commission.

From 1 November 2014, if you are providing facilities for remote gambling, or advertising to consumers in Britain, you will need a licence from the Gambling Commission.

See Do I need a licence? for more details on what kinds of licences casino owners need.

You can get a premises licence from your local licensing authority.

If you apply for an operating licence, we will publish that you have applied on our operating licence register.

The method you use to apply for a licence will depend on:

  • whether you are a new applicant or already hold a Gambling Commission licence
  • the type of licence you are applying for (remote, non-remote, or both)

 

New applicants

Non-remote licence application only

Apply via the:

Non-remote and remote licence application

If you are applying for non-remote and remote licences at the same time, you must apply online.

You cannot use the manual application form. 

Visit Application online service

Remote licence application


If you are applying for a remote licence, you must apply online.

You cannot use the manual application form.

Visit Application online service

Existing licence holders

If you hold a remote licence with us and want to apply for a non-remote licence, apply online through our eServices-Operator system or apply via the forms listed below.

 

We will have regard to the previous history of an applicant and associated individuals when determining licence applications. Therefore, please ensure that details of all investigations, convictions and cautions are provided.
A list of Schedule 7 offences under the Gambling Act 2005 is available on the legislation.gov.uk website. You will also find related advice in our Licensing compliance and enforcement policy statement - September 2009.

Application forms for non-remote licence applications

You can apply for a non-remote operating licence by completing the following forms (you will need Adobe Reader 9.1 or above installed on your computer in order to download them).

Make sure you read the guidance notes before you apply. If you need to order paper copies of these forms, please contact us.

Forms

Guidance

Operating licence application

Applicants for continuation of business (following a change in shareholders or owners), or change of legal entity must also complete:

 

What else will I need to complete my application?

As well as your completed online application or form, you will also need to send in:

  • supporting documents (originals or notarised copies) if you decide not to upload these as part of the online application or if you are using the application form. Originals will be returned by recorded or special delivery and will need to be signed for upon receipt.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (if you live/work in England or Wales) or Disclosure Scotland (if you live/work in Scotland) application form. Email or call our contact centre to get a copy of either form.  If you live overseas, you will need to provide a police record from your country of residence.
  • any Personal licence application form - March 2014 or  Operating licence application - (Annex A) personal declaration form - March 2014 applications you are making.
  • proof of identity documents (originals or notarised copies) for individuals and proof of identity documents for the business if you decide not to upload these as part of the online application or if you are using the application form. Originals will be returned by recorded or special delivery and will need to be signed for upon receipt.
  • the licence fee if you decide not to pay online as part of the online application or if you are using the application form.
  • In addition, if you are using the application form rather than applying online, you will needed to send in:any continuation pages you have used; Annex B Financial Declaration form


If your company is not based in Great Britain (GB), we will need a GB contact address.
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 documents I decide not to upload as part of the online application?

You should post these to the address below, quoting the applicant name and the unique application reference ID given to you during the online application.

You can type into the Annex A personal declaration form(s) or Personal Licence application(s) and print them out or print out a blank form and fill it in by hand in black ink. You should post these, along with any supporting documents required for those forms, to the address below.

Make sure if you have decided not to pay the personal licence application fee as part of the online operating licence application that you enclose a cheque, or if paying by credit or debit card that you have completed the payment section at the end of the personal licence application form.

Licensing Submissions
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham
B2 4BP

How do I submit my application if using the application form?

You can type into the application form and print it out or print out the blank form and fill it in by hand in black ink. You should send your operating and personal licence application forms (or Annex A personal declaration) 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 application form.

Licensing Submissions
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham
B2 4BP
 
Find out what happens after you apply.

Next


Page last reviewed: September 2014

Do it online

 

Apply for a licence - you are here:

How do I apply?

When do I apply?

Application fees

Annual fees

What happens next?

Making changes to a licence

 

How do you rate this page?