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Anniversary date clarification

As all licensees are moving to the set quarterly reporting period for regulatory returns, the Gambling Commission would like to remind all licensees that this reporting period will not, in most cases, reflect the regulatory year applicable to the licence.

When a licence is granted by the Commission, an annual fee is paid based on the license fee category that has been applied for. This is the anniversary date of the licence and determines the licenseeā€™s annual regulatory period.

Licensees are permitted to trade up to the fee category limits noted on their licence, until their next annual fee is due. Details of the different fee categories can be found in the licence activities section of our website.

If at any point after the payment of the annual fee the licensee believes that they will go over their license fee category limit, they must submit a variation to the Commission to increase their permitted trading levels. Details on submitting variations to licence fee categories can be found in our guide on how to make changes to your operating licence.

Licensees must ensure that they keep suitable records to track trading in line with their fee category restrictions, and submit any required variations, giving the Commission time to process and grant the application.

Licensees are advised that trading above the fee category limits, is a breach of the License Conditions and the Gambling Act 2005. Any identified breaches will be recorded and further regulatory action may be taken.

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