Regulating gambling in Great Britain to make sure it is run responsibly and contributes to economic growth


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.

We have published a draft Bill which would require all ‘remote gambling operators’, such as gambling websites and betting call centres, to obtain a Gambling Commission licence if they want to offer their services to British customers, regardless of the country in which the operator is based.

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