The Gambling Commission

The following Local Government practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Gambling Commission
  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Nature and constitution
  • Key functions
  • The licensing objectives
  • The Commission’s responsibilities
  • Rule making
  • Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice
  • Power to examine, grant and review licences
  • More...

The Gambling Commission


This Practice Note provides an introduction to the Gambling Commission and explains how it regulates the gambling industry in the UK.


The Gambling Commission ('Commission') regulates all aspects of the gambling industry in the UK and was created by the Gambling Act 2005 (GA 2005) and secondary legislation. It has wide powers and responsibilities and regulates all forms of gambling except spread betting (which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority). In October 2013 the Commission merged with the National Lottery Commission widening its regulation to include that of the National Lottery. The Commission has its offices at Victoria Square, Birmingham, and a useful website.

Nature and constitution

The Commission is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Chairman and Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary of State. The Commission also currently has a chief executive.

Commissioners have a personal responsibility to avoid conflicts and declare interests. At all times they must act in good faith and cannot misuse any private information available to them.

The Commission has the power to regulate its own affairs, decide upon the remuneration of its officers, borrow money as well as the obligation to prepare various annual reports. These reports comprise the annual accounts and an annual report on gambling activity and activities of the Commission. These documents can be found at the Commission's

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