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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


2 - Operating licences

Types of operating licence

2.4. There are various types of operating licence, linked to different types of gambling activity. S.65 of the Act sets out the types of operating licence that may be issued. Some types of gambling activity may be provided remotely, for example over the internet (online gambling) or telephone, or non-remotely such as in land-based premises. Some types of licence provide additional permissions, for example to make particular numbers and types of gaming machine available.

2.5. Different activities may be authorised by a single operating licence (a combined operating licence), but a single licence cannot authorise both remote and non-remote activity. The different types of licence and their associated permissions are summarised in the following table:

Type of licence Non-remote gambling authorisedRemote gambling authorised
Casino operating licenceYesYes
Bingo operating licenceYesYes
General betting operating licenceYesYes
Pool betting operating licenceYesYes
Betting intermediary operating licenceYesYes
Gaming machine general operating licence for an adult gaming centreYesNo
Gaming machine general operating licence for a family entertainment centreYesNo
Gaming machine technical operating licenceYesYes
Gambling software operating licenceYesYes
Lottery operating licenceYesYes

2.6. Operating licences are not transferable. However, there are provisions in the Act which deal with circumstances in which control of a company changes hands.


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