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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


7 - Codes of practice

1.22. The Commission has the power to issue two types of code of practice. The first is a social responsibility (SR) code. A SR code must be followed and has the force of a licence condition. The Commission may also issue ordinary codes (OC) which are intended to set out best industry practice. They are not mandatory, but operators are expected to follow them unless they have alternative arrangements in place that they can demonstrate are equally effective.

1.23. S.153 of the Act requires licensing authorities, in exercising their functions, to have regard to any code of practice issued by the Commission. A full version of the Commission’s Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) is available on the Commission’s website.

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