How to get a gambling license in the UK

How to get a gambling license in the UK?

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Obtaining a gambling license in the UK is necessary to conduct gambling activities in Great Britain legally. Various types of gambling activities are legalized in this jurisdiction. Moreover, the UK Government creates favorable conditions for the gambling business. Operators who are residents of the country are not subject to high taxation; as for foreign businessmen, they are exempt from certain fees and commissions.

The regulatory body that oversees gambling activities and issues licenses to operators is called the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). UKGC accepts license applications for both land-based and online casinos. Operators, who have entered into a cross-licensing agreement with the UK Government, can apply for a gambling license in the UK.

Types of UK Gambling Licenses

The Gambling Commission of Great Britain issues 3 types of gambling licenses:

Operating license

This type of gambling license is intended for entrepreneurs who are going to work in the gambling industry. Operators need to indicate the type of gambling activity in this license in which they plan to engage.

Operators can obtain this license for the following types of gambling activities:

  • Arcade;
  • Betting (offline and online, as well as bookmaker software);
  • Bingo (offline and online);
  • Land-based and online casinos;
  • Software for land-based and online casinos;
  • Slots (offline and online);
  • Lotteries (offline and online).

There are three types of operating licenses:

  • Remote Gambling software;
  • Remote General Betting Standard — Real Event;
  • Remote Casino.

Personal Management License (PML)

A personal management license is issued to people who are responsible for basic management functions.

Personal Functional License (PFL)

This license is for casino employees. This type of license can be obtained by:

  • Dealers.
  • Cashiers.
  • Casino security service.
  • Inspectors.
  • Dealers.
  • Pit bosses.

License for premise

Such a license is issued to people who need a premise to conduct gambling activities.

In addition, if you intend to provide advertising services for online casino operators in the UK, you will also need to obtain a gambling license.

If the operator is going to offer players several types of gambling activities, he needs to get a gambling license for each type of activity separately. It is worth noting that if you are applying for multiple licenses, the UK Government will give you a discount.

How long does it take to get a gambling license UK?

Operating licenses are permanently valid. As for personal licenses, they must be renewed every five years.

Taxation and UK gambling license cost

Obtaining a UK gambling license is very expensive for operators. First, operators need to pay a license fee of £10,000.00. The cost of a UK gambling license starts from around £25,000.00. The exact cost of a gambling license is negotiated with each operator individually.

Disadvantages and advantages of obtaining a UK gambling license


  • A perfect reputation.
  • Business transparency.
  • Protection of addicted people from gambling.


  • It is costly to get a gambling license.

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