How do I apply for an operating licence - remote?
You need an operating licence from the Gambling Commission if
you currently run or want to run a gambling service through
(including online gambling) and any part of your remote equipment
is based in Great Britain.
There is no single type of licence that you
may apply to us for. Instead, we offer a remote operating licence
for each type of gambling activity you might want to offer. You may
apply for more than one type of operating licence on the same
When should I apply?
You cannot start running your gambling
business until you have obtained all the necessary licences. For
all remote licences this includes:
- your operating licence
- any personal licences (if applicable based on key management
functions of the operation, see operator licence application
guidance notes section 3, question 11).
Therefore, you should submit your remote
operating licence application as soon as
If you apply for an operating licence, we will publish that you
have applied on our operating licence register.
Find out how to apply for an operating licence below.
What forms do I have to complete?
You can apply for an 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
If you need to order paper copies of these forms, please contact us.
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
What else will I need to complete my application?
Someone in your company with authority, such as the managing
director or company secretary, needs to sign the declaration forms.
Read the guidance notes to find out more.
As well as your completed application form, you will also need
to send in:
- any continuation pages you have used
- original supporting documents (originals or notarised
copies. 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
- any personal licence or Annex A applications you are
Operating licence application - (Annex A) personal declaration form
- July 2010)
- proof of identity documents (originals or notarised copies.
Originals will be returned by recorded or special delivery and will
need to be signed for upon receipt)
- your business plan
- organisational chart
- Annex B Financial Declaration form
- the licence
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 my application?
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.
Victoria Square House
Page last reviewed: September 2013