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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


4 - Operating licence conditions and codes

2.9. Conditions covering a range of matters may be attached to operating licences. Some conditions are set out on the face of the Act, such as the mandatory conditions relating to society lotteries at s.99. The Secretary of State has powers under s.78 of the Act to apply conditions to a class of operating licence – for example, the condition that regulates the number of playing positions at wholly automated roulette tables in casinos. The Commission also has powers to attach conditions either to a class of operating licences, or an individual licence.

2.10. Breaching a licence condition is a criminal offence, although the Commission will default to its regulatory rather than criminal powers when considering such a breach. Those powers include warnings, unlimited fines and suspension or revocation of the licence.

2.11. The Commission also has the power to issue two types of code. The first is a social responsibility (SR) code. An 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 at least equally effective.

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