Gambling Permits

What are ‘Gambling Permits’?

‘Gambling permits’ are licences to operate games or gambling premises, issued by the relevant authorities in the region where the gambling will take place. In the United Kingdom, these permits are issued in accordance with the regulations set by the Gambling Commission, under the Gambling Act 2005. Online and offline gambling facilities need a permit to operate legally.

‘Gambling Permits’ Explained

Gambling permits are designed to regulate the gambling industry and to ensure that no illicit and dishonest games are being run outside of the system. Licensed gambling premises are able to operate within the law and they are overseen by the authority of that nation or region which has responsibility for gambling. In the UK, this is the Gambling Commission. Gambling permits for premises are also needed in the case of casinos, betting shops and other premises which are accessed by the public for the purposes of making bets. This premises licence is issued by the local council, rather than the Commission.

Online gambling services also need a permit in order to operate. Many casinos which are web-based have offshore premises for tax reasons but are available to players within the UK. These websites need to hold the relevant permits in the place they are established, and also in any regions where their games can be played. Gambling permits are issued subject to that operator meeting legal conditions, and if any laws relating to the Gambling Act 2005 are broken, the licence could be withdrawn.

Any kind of gambling game where money is exchanged for the chance to win a bigger prize must be covered by the relevant gambling permits for that category. This includes lotteries and bingo, gaming machines and software, online slots games, poker games and table games like craps and slots.