Licence conditions and codes of practice


Ongoing consultation

We are currently consulting on proposed amendments to licence conditions and codes of practice for all operators (LCCP) and proposed amendments to the licence condition relating to the protection of customer funds.

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 licence.

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 gambling
  • assistance is made available to people who are, or may be, affected by problems related to gambling.

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?

A copy of the Licence conditions and codes of practice - consolidated May 2012* (LCCP) is available on our website. This is the current version of the LCCP.

LCCP was last published in March 2011. Since then three supplements have been issued and licence holders notified of the changes. The information in these supplements has now been incorporated into this consolidated edition. There are no other changes.

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 out.

Should we make any changes to the full LCCP document, a revised copy will be sent to licence holders. This will 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 following consultation.

If required, we will add, remove or alter individual conditions and codes and publish these as supplements to accompany the current version of  the LCCP. If we change any condition or code we will inform all licence holders affected by the changes. 

Do licence conditions and codes of practice only apply to new licences?

No. Licence conditions and codes apply to new and existing licences, including:

  • 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 1976
  • 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). 

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 practice.

Page last reviewed: January 2014

Extracts from the LCCP applicable to each type of licence.

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