Gambling regulation


We want to make sure that the gambling industry continues to be run responsibly, so that it provides a safe and enjoyable leisure activity, which is also an important source of revenue and jobs.

We want to:

  • keep gambling crime-free
  • make sure that gambling is fair and open
  • protect children and vulnerable adults


We are:


The Gambling Commission was set up under the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate gambling in Great Britain. It shares the job of regulating gambling with local authorities (and licensing boards in Scotland), who concentrate on localised issues.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is responsible for government policy on racing, but the industry is regulated by independent bodies:

Bills and legislation

The Gambling Act 2005 sets out how gambling in Great Britain should be regulated, including arcades, betting, bingo, casinos, gaming machines, society lotteries and remote gambling operations. The Gambling Act 2005 came fully into force on 1 September 2007.

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14th May. The Order commencing the Act has been made, commencing the Act on 1st November 2014. The Order will be available from legislation.gov.uk in due course. This Act will mean that remote gambling by consumers in Britain is regulated on a point of consumption basis and all operators selling into the British market, whether based here or abroad, will now be required to hold a Gambling Commission licence to enable them to transact with British consumers.

Information on the new remote gambling measures, including the licensing arrangements for operators, can be found on the Gambling Commission’s Frequently Asked Questions blog.