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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


3 - How operating licences are granted

2.7. The Commission, like licensing authorities, has a statutory duty to permit gambling in so far as it thinks reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives. In considering whether to grant an operating licence, and any conditions that may be attached, the Commission has regard to the licensing objectives, and to the suitability of the applicant, in terms of integrity, competence and finances (including source of finance). The Commission also takes into account the business model proposed and its likely compatibility with the law and the licensing objectives. Putting forward a business model that is incompatible with the licensing objectives is likely to lead to questions of the operator’s suitability.

2.8. More detail is available in the Commission’s Policy Statement for Licensing, Compliance and Enforcement.

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