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 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?

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 changes, available here, and the amendments are explained in more detail in three 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 operators.

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.

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 following consultation.

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 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), 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 practice.

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 here.

Page last reviewed: August 2014

Extracts from the LCCP applicable to each type of licence.

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