Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commission (GC) was set up under the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate arcades, betting, bingo, casinos, gaming machine providers, gambling software providers, lottery operators and external lottery managers and remote gambling (online and by phone) that uses British-based equipment.

On 1 October 2013 we also took over the responsibilities of the National Lottery Commission to regulate the National Lottery under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993.

The Gambling Commission is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

Gambling Commission responsibilities

The Gambling Commission is an independent non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

The Gambling Commission has over 200 employees, mostly based in Birmingham. This includes over 60 compliance and enforcement managers working across Great Britain.

The Gambling Commission's work is funded by fees, paid by the operators that we license.

Gambling activities that the Gambling Commission regulate in Great Britain include:

The Gambling Commission does not regulate spread betting. This is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority.

The Gambling Commission does not regulate the National Lottery. This is the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission.

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The Gambling Commission regulates organisations and individuals who provide facilities for gambling or advertise gambling products to consumers in Great Britain. The Gambling Commission also regulates the National Lottery to ensure:

  • players are treated fairly
  • the nation’s interest in the Lottery is protected
  • the operator is motivated to maximise the enjoyment and benefits that the Lottery brings.

The Gambling Commission issue operating licences to organisations and individuals who are providing facilities for gambling. We issue the Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) which set out the manner in which facilities for gambling should be provided.

The Gambling Commission's regulatory approach is risk, evidence and outcome based, proportionate and transparent. It is supported by compliance interventions focused on the effectiveness of an operator’s internal controls, and targeted enforcement activity where needed.


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