What is a ‘Personal Management Licence(PML)’?
A Personal Management Licence or PML is a permit issued by the Gambling Commission to the individuals involved in managing and operating casinos and gambling services. It is one of several mandatory licences needs to run a land-based casino or betting shop, along with a premises licence and a standard gambling licence. All relevant directors and managers will need a personal gambling licence to carry out their job.
‘Personal Management License(PML)’ Explained
A Persona Management Licence is a special licence issued to an individual, rather than to a premises or a business. The licence permits that person to work in the gambling industry with a managerial capacity, and will be issued subject to relevant background checks – including a criminal record check and a credit verification. If any conditions of the licence are breached at any time the licence can be revoked. To get a licence, an individual must apply directly to the Gambling Commission who will consider the request before approving or rejecting it.
Once issued, the licence is valid for a lifetime but there is a five year ‘maintenance clause’. This means that the licence holder must submit to checks and a licence update, often with a fee paid for handling and processing. The cost of a licence is usually expected to be met by the individual, though some casino businesses will pay this cost. Any person acting in a managerial capacity will need one of these licences, so there could be several different licence holders for a single premises. Along with these personal licences, all relevant permits such as premises licences, gambling permits and bar licences need to be arranged. A casino or betting shop which lacks the right documents and approvals could be closed temporarily or even forced to close permanently, so it is crucial the paperwork is always sorted out.