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What we regulate

The Gambling Commission is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (opens in new tab).

We regulate the following types of gambling:

  • arcades
  • betting
  • bingo
  • casinos
  • gaming machine providers
  • gambling software providers
  • lottery operators (excluding small society lotteries)
  • remote gambling (gambling done either online or by phone) that uses British-based equipment
  • The National Lottery.
Gambling websites which trade or advertise to customers in Great Britain must have a Gambling Commission licence.

Our regulatory remit

We are responsible for issuing personal gambling licences for individuals and gambling operating licences for businesses.

We set requirements for all our licensees. These are the Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) (opens in new tab). We carry out assessments to make sure that licensees are following our requirements.

We use our regulatory powers to take enforcement action if we find individuals or businesses failing to follow our rules and regulations. You can read the latest enforcement action we've taken.

The Gambling Commission’s functions are set out in the Gambling Act 2005 (opens in new tab) as amended by the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 (opens in new tab).

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