Licence conditions and codes of practice
What are licence conditions?
There are four types of licence condition that may be attached
to operating licences, under the Gambling Act 2005: general and
individual conditions (which are attached by the Gambling
Commission), conditions imposed by the Secretary of State (made
through statutory instruments) and statutory conditions imposed by
the Gambling Act 2005 itself.
- General licence conditions can be applied to an individual
operating licence or a class of operating licence (for example, all
betting operating licences).
- Individual licence conditions can be applied to an individual
operating licence. They are likely to address matters concerning an
individual operator and their activities.
- Conditions imposed by the Secretary of State may be applied to
a class of operating licence.
- Statutory conditions may be applied to a class of operating
What are codes of practice?
We issue codes of practice under section 24 of the Gambling Act
2005, about the manner in which
facilities for gambling are provided to ensure that:
- gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
- children and other vulnerable
people are protected from being harmed or exploited by
- assistance is made available
to people who are, or may be, affected by problems related to
Codes of practice are either:
- social responsibility code provisions - which must be adhered
to by all licence holders
- ordinary code provisions – these do not have the status of
licence conditions but failure to take account of them can be used
as evidence in criminal or civil proceedings.
How do I get a copy of the Gambling Commission’s licence
conditions and codes of practice?
Licence conditions and codes of practice (consolidated May
2014) incorporates a
series of changes which came into force from August 2014. An
explanation of the amendments which have been incorporated
into LCCP is available in a document summarising the LCCP
available here, and the amendments are explained in more detail
responses to consultations. Some minor updates to LCCP
May 2014 were made in September 2014, to update references to when
the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 comes into force
on 1 November and to make two minor changes for remote gambling
Extracts from the LCCP, applicable to each type
of licence, are also available on our website. When a licence is
issued, the licence holder will receive an extract of the LCCP,
specific to the activities their licence allows them to carry
When we make any changes to the full LCCP
document, a revised version will be published on our website and,
in due course, a copy will be sent to licence holders. This will
normally be sent out before the revised conditions and codes of
practice come into effect. This gives licence holders time to learn
about how any changes will affect their business. We only make
changes to the LCCP where necessary and based on our experience of
implementing the conditions and codes. Changes are only made
If required, we will add, remove or alter individual conditions
and codes. If we change any condition or code we will inform
all licence holders affected by the changes and publish either a
new consolidated version of LCCP or a supplement to LCCP.
Do licence conditions and codes of practice only apply
to new licences?
No. Licence conditions and codes apply to new and existing
- any holder of a personal or operating licence issued under the
Gambling Act 2005
- converted society lottery operating licences which will replace
current registrations under the Lotteries and Amusements Act
- gaming machine technical operating licences to continuing
machine supply or maintenance (certificates issued under section 27
of the Gaming Act 1968)
- any interim personal or operating licence a person holds
(pending final determination of their licence application),
such as continuation licences issued as a result of the Gambling
(Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014.
What happens if I do not comply with the licence conditions and
codes of practice?
We have powers to take action against licensed operators
who fail to comply with the conditions of their licence or codes of
Recent and future amendments to LCCP
LCCP is not a static document, but evolves
over time. For example, the Commission makes amendments or
additions to LCCP to take account of developments in the industry
or emerging evidence on the most effective means of promoting
socially responsible gambling.
The most recent amendments to LCCP were
published in the consolidated LCCP May 2014, the majority of which
came into force on Monday 4 August 2014. Some minor
amendments were made to LCCP May 2014 in September 2014. The
proposed LCCP requirement to only obtain gambling software from a
Commission licensed gambling software operator will
now come into force on 01 March 2015.
Sector specific extracts to reflect
the changes have also been published, and you can see a brief
overview of the changes which appeared in May 2014 in
LCCP summary of changes in consolidated LCCP May 2014 ,
the amendments are further explained in the responses to three consultations which took place from September
2013 to April 2014.
The Commission is currently consulting on
further changes to LCCP in relation to social responsibility issues
and the consultation document is available
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