Do I need a licence - remote (including online gambling)?
If you want to run a gambling service through
(including online gambling), and any part of your remote gambling
equipment is based in Great Britain, there is no single type of
licence that you may apply to the Gambling Commission for. Instead,
we offer remote operating licences for each type of gambling
activity you might want to run. This includes:
You will also need any relevant personal licences, as explained
in the gambling sectors above.
Do I need a licence if I am based abroad?
You do not need a licence from us to run a remote gambling
service if all of your remote gambling equipment is located outside
Great Britain, or if you do not advertise to consumers in
From 1 November 2014, if you are providing facilities for remote
gambling, or advertising to consumers in Britain, you will need a
remote licence from the Gambling Commission or you must be
based in a whitelisted country or a country mentioned in the
Gambling Act 2005. Currently, this includes:
- EEA countries
- Antigua and Barbuda
Do I need a licence to gamble online?
You do not need a licence to use gambling websites. Our leaflet
What to look out for when gambling online - November 2008 explains how to be
safer when gambling on the internet.
Page last reviewed: September