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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


2 - Main functions of the Commission

3.4. For the purposes of this guidance, the Commission has the following principle statutory functions:

  • issuing operating and personal licences to gambling businesses and individuals occupying certain positions in the gambling industry, with appropriate conditions, and ensuring that holders of licences adhere to their terms
  • publishing codes of practice
  • publishing statutory guidance to licensing authorities.

3.5. The Commission also has a duty to advise the Secretary of State on gambling and its regulation. To ensure that the Commission is well placed to provide such advice, it monitors developments in gambling in Great Britain and in other jurisdictions. It works closely with a range of regulatory partners, including licensing authorities, the Advertising Standards Authority (opens in new tab), the Information Commissioner’s Office (opens in new tab) , Ofcom (opens in new tab), and with stakeholders including the industry itself, faith and community groups, those with lived experience of gambling harm, government departments and bodies working in the field of gambling research.

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