Countdown to five-year personal licence maintenance fee payments - three months to go
Date: 1 June
The Gambling Commission is again reminding personal 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 six
weeks 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
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
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
The Commission’s Head of Licensing, Sharon McNair said:
“If you’ve held a personal licence since 2007 now is the time to
check you’ve kept the Commission informed of any changes to your
“If you fail to pay your maintenance fee on time then your
licence may be revoked.”
Further details on the personal licences section of the 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 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. Fees for the maintenance check are currently 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.
- 5. 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 recently
published its response to a public consultation that included plans
to reduce reporting requirements from 15 August 2012.
- 6. 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
- Further information is available from John Travers on (0121)
230 6700 or (07852) 124624 or by emailing email@example.com.