The Gambling Commission seeks to ensure that
those offering facilities for gambling, or working in the gambling
industry, are suitable to do so and that the activities they
plan to carry out will be conducted in a manner which minimises the
risks to the
Assessing licence applications
an application we have regard to the
licensing objectives. We consider whether
they are likely to be compromised and the suitability of an
applicant to carry out the licensed activities.
When considering the suitability of an applicant we have
regard to the following elements and seek evidence to support and
enable an assessment to be made against each
- identity and ownership
– the identity of the applicant and or person(s) relevant to the
application and or, in the case of an application for an operating
licence, who ultimately owns a corporate applicant.
- finances – financial and other
circumstances of the applicant, past and present, and or person(s)
relevant to the application. For operating licences this will
include the resources likely to be available to carry out the
- integrity – the honesty and
trustworthiness of the applicant and or person(s) relevant to the
- competence – the experience, expertise,
qualifications and history of the applicant and or person(s)
relevant to the application.
- criminality – criminal record of the
applicant and or person(s) relevant to the application.
In respect of the licensing objectives we
will look at the applicants policies for ensuring that the
licensing objectives will be adhered to, an understanding of the
legislation overall and evidence that arrangements will address the
social responsibility requirements.
Our approach to licensing is set out in our Licensing, compliance
and enforcement policy statement and Statement of principles for
licensing and regulation.
Licensing compliance and enforcement policy statement - September
Licensing decisions Procedures and guidance for the Regulatory
Panel - November 2010
Page last reviewed: February 2014