What operating licences do I need - gambling software?
The following types of licence apply to gambling
software businesses. Please read the details below to see which
licence you need.
Non-remote gambling software licence
You will need a non-remote gambling software operating
licence if you manufacture, supply, install or adapt
gambling software through non-remote communication, such as by CD
If you already hold a non-remote gambling software licence and
want to supply software by email only you may apply for an an
ancillary remote licence in addition to your
non-remote gambling software licence.
If your gambling software business uses any other form of remote
communication, you should apply for a remote gambling software
Remote gambling software licence
You will need a remote gambling software operating licence if
you intend to manufacture, supply, install or adapt gambling
software through remote communication - for example if you wanted
to supply gambling software through File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or
make gambling software available for download from a website.
for an operating licence.
Linked gambling software licence
If you already hold, or are applying for, a full remote
operating licence (such as a remote casino or bingo licence) you
may also, in certain circumstances, apply for a linked gambling
software licence. This allows you to manufacture, supply, install
or adapt gambling software for your own use. The total cost of
carrying out these activities must be no more than £50,000 per year
to qualify for a linked gambling software licence. If you exceed
this amount you must apply for a gambling software operating
There is also a remote version of this licence which allows you
carry out these activities by remote communication.
The following actions will trigger an additional licence
requirement for those already holding a qualifying
remote operating licence:
- installing onto your remote gambling equipment a game supplied
by another gambling software developer
- using a CD, memory stick or computer downloads to make software
- modifying a supplied game to suit your platform's
Page last reviewed: May 2012