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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


5 - Personal licences

2.12. The purpose of the personal licence is to ensure that individuals who control facilities for gambling or are able to influence the outcome of gambling, are directly accountable to the Commission. The Commission can impose licence conditions that are specific to personal licences. Such conditions include requirements that the holder takes reasonable steps to avoid causing a breach of an operating licence, keeps up to date with developments in gambling legislation or guidance, and informs the Commission of certain specified key events.

2.13. Outside the casino industry, personal licences are usually held by people in key management positions like strategy, marketing, finance and compliance. In the casino industry, people providing the day to day gambling such as croupiers, also currently need a personal licence.

2.14. Some licences are subject to a requirement that at least one member of management holds a personal licence. This does not apply to small-scale operators, as defined in regulations made by the Secretary of State, who are exempt from the obligation. SI 2006/3266: Reg 2 of the Gambling Act 2005 (Definition of small-scale operator) Regulations 2006.

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