Submit a regulatory return - remote

What are regulatory returns?


The Gambling Commission collects a range of information from licence holders within the gambling industry in order to:

  • monitor compliance with gambling legislation, regulations and the licence conditions and codes of practice
  • inform our understanding of the industry.

Changes to remote regulatory returns

A number of changes to the remote casino, betting and bingo regulatory return, and for gambling software regulatory return are due to take place shortly including:

  • compulsory submission online
  • the introduction of new data fields
  • moving from Online Returns to eServices and changes to reporting dates during this switch over period

Compulsory online submission and the revised data fields will come into force on 01 October 2014. The full details of the changes can be found in the response document  to the consultation, which was published on 08 August 2014.

Operators will be required to submit a final return through Online Returns under the current data fields, so that the return covers a period which ends on 30 September 2014. This means that for some operators they will be required to submit a shorter than usual return.

Returns according to the new data fields will not need to be submitted through eServices until January 2015 at the earliest; however operators will need to begin collecting this data from 01 October 2014. Further details on the arrangement s for submitting returns during the changeover from Online Returns to eServices can be found in Section 5 of the response document .

This information is provided to us, by licence holders, via the completion of regulatory returns.

How do I make a regulatory return?

Regulatory returns are currently collected through our online regulatory returns system. Online Returns will soon be moving to eServices - Operator and following a consultation on remote regulatory returns paper versions of the forms will no longer be available for this sector.  

The paper versions of the forms and guidance below will no longer be accepted after 30 September 2014:

Licence type Sector Forms Guidance
Gambling software Gambling software - remote Gambling software annual regulatory return form
Gambling software Annex A*
Gambling software annual regulatory return guidance
Betting Remote Remote casino, betting, and bingo quarterly regulatory return form
Remote casino, betting, and bingo Annex A*
Remote casino, betting, and bingo quarterly regulatory return guidance - June 2011
Bingo
Casino
*Form A is purely a continuation sheet for any additional answers to Q4 that cannot be fitted onto the main form due to space

 

When are regulatory returns due?

  • A return needs to be completed for each type of activity for which a licence is held. For example, if an individual holds a licence authorising betting and bingo, two returns will need to be completed and submitted, one for each activity.
  • If a licence holder has ceased trading in any particular activity, or has not yet started to trade, but still holds a valid licence at the time a return is due, a NIL return must be submitted.
  • Licence holders who are required to submit annual regulatory returns should complete and submit their regulatory returns within 42 days of their year end. You may choose to complete regulatory returns according to your business year.
  • Licence holders who are required to submit quarterly regulatory returns should complete and submit their regulatory returns within 28 days of their period end.
  • The frequency with which regulatory returns need to be made, depends on the type of gambling business:

Remote Casino, Betting and Bingo operators

Quarterly
Gambling software Annually

 

Page last reviewed: August 2014