Countdown to five-year personal licence maintenance fee payments
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) is reminding
licence holders to update the Commission on any changes to
circumstances or key
events that could affect their licence. This is in advance
of the first five-year personal licence maintenance fee
payments due in September 2012, when the Commission will take the
opportunity to complete a five-year maintenance check to ensure
that the personal details of licence holders remain accurate.
Personal licence holders will be contacted by
the Commission in advance of the date when their maintenance fee is
due, using existing contact details. Payment of the
appropriate fee must be made within 30 days of the fifth
anniversary of their licence being issued as failure to do so may
lead to a personal licence being revoked.
As a condition of their licence, personal
licence holders must tell the Commission about any convictions,
changes of address, and other key events as they occur. Anyone who
has previously failed to inform the Commission of such changes
should do so as quickly as possible to help ensure their check is
completed as smoothly as possible.
Over 4,500 holders of Personal Management
Licences and Personal Functional Licences (the latter in the casino
sector only) could be required to complete a check in the year
beginning 1 September 2012.
Fees for the maintenance check are set by
Parliament at £185 for a Personal Functional Licence and £370 for a
Personal Management Licence. This covers the Commission’s
licensing, compliance and enforcement activity regarding personal
licence holders over a five-year cycle.
The Commission has already been talking to
trade bodies and key operators about the most efficient way to
complete the maintenance fee collection and the maintenance checks
and will be consulting publicly on the detail next month.
Further details on personal
licences can be found at on our website.
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing
authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by
ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by
protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or
exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
- 2. The Commission and local licensing authorities are
responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great
Britain other than the National Lottery and spread betting, which
are the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission and the
Financial Services Authority (FSA) respectively.
- 3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our
website for information on legal advice.
- 4. Licence holders must notify us of any key event as
soon as reasonably practicable and, in any event, within five
working days of becoming aware of it. Key events can be reported by
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Further information is available from the Commission's website
or contact John Travers on (0121) 230 6700 or email@example.com.