Online Casino Licence from the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner
The Minister for Digital, Financial Services and Public Utilities is the Licensing Authority and the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner is the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority. They abide by and enforce the Laws under the Gambling Act 2005.
In accordance with the Gambling Act 2005, licences in Gibraltar are divided into two types:
- B2B - provision of services to users
- B2C - development and maintenance of software for online casinos
Companies with experience in providing online casino services and hold licences from other international jurisdictions can apply for a licence from Gibraltar. Licences are issued in the name of the applicant and cannot be transferred to third parties.
Types of licences:
- A bookmaker's licence
- A betting intermediary's licence
- A gaming operator’s licence
- A gaming machine licence
- A lottery promoter's licence
- A pools promoter’s licence
- A remote gambling licence
To provide online casino services, operators need to obtain a remote gambling licence. The other licences do not permit internet activities unless the Licensing Authority has extended the scope of a bookmaker's licence or a lottery promoter's licence to authorise taking bets or selling tickets over the telephone.
It is difficult to obtain a Gibraltar licence and as of the 1st of February 2020 there were only 37 licensed operators.
If a dispute arises, online casino players can file a complaint with the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner. Complaints must be submitted using the prescribed form or in writing by email. The Gambling Commissioner´s advice to complainants has lots of useful information to help you.
Detailed information about the rates of tax are described in the Gambling (Duties and Licensing Fee) Regulations 2018.
|General Betting Duty||0.15%||The first £100,000 of the operator's gross betting profit on bet receipts in each year.|
|Betting Intermediary Duty||0.15%||The first £100,000 of the operator's gross profit on betting event revenues in each year.|
|General Gaming Duty||0.15%||The first £100,000 of the operator's gross gaming yield on gaming receipts in each year.|
All companies in Gibraltar have to pay a standard tax rate of 10%. Despite the fact that Gibraltar is a member of the European Union, there is no VAT for licensees.
How to Obtain a Gibraltar Licence
To obtain a Gibraltar licence, you will need to submit an application form, a package of documents and confirm that the software used is certified. The software has to be checked by one of the independent testing institutes.
To obtain a Gibraltar licence, the applicant needs to provide:
- a certificate showing they have no criminal record
- a business plan with funding sources
- information about the company's shareholders
- confirmation of a cross-licence and experience in the gambling industry
- a statement from a Gibraltar bank confirming the availability of an account for paying rates and awarding prize money
- confirmation of an agreement to comply with the requirements for combating the financing and spread of terrorism and money laundering
Companies that are registered and managed in Gibraltar can become the owner of a work permit in the gambling industry in Gibraltar.
Licensees have to pay an annual licence fee. B2C licence holders pay £100,000 and B2B licence holders pay £85,000. The payments can be made annually on the 1st of April or quarterly on the 1st of April, the 1st of July, the 1st of October and the 1st of January.
The Gambling Commissioner has approved 11 test centres and you can find the list here.
According to the Gambling Act 2005, on the home page of every licensed site there must be a link to the website of an organisation that provides assistance to users that have problems with gambling addiction.
Yes. The Gambling Commissioner and the Minister for Digital, Financial Services and Public Utilities may prohibit offensive, indecent or misleading advertisements.