Gambling sectors

How do I apply for a personal management licence - lotteries?


 

If you apply for an operating licence to run or promote a lottery, you will 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 small-scale operator. That is, if there are three people or fewer in relevant management positions in the business and they are all named on the operating licence. You will, however, need to complete Annex A of your operating licence application form with details of anyone in these positions.

Society lotteries

Unless you qualify as a small-scale operator, a society lottery needs one PML, for the person with overall responsibility for managing the lottery, and for regulatory compliance.

They must be a trustee or officer of an unincorporated society, a director of a corporate society or a partner where the society is a partnership.

Local licensing authority lotteries

Local licensing authority lotteries need one PML, held by someone in a senior management post who holds the relevant delegated authority from the licensing authority.

External lottery managers

Anyone responsible for these areas needs 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.

 

When should 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.

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 licences

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 application?

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 police report.

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?

You 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 application form.  

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

What happens next?

Find out what happens after you apply.

Page last reviewed: September 2013