Main Casino Licenses (39) Jersey Gambling Commission

Online Casino Licence from the Jersey Gambling Commission

The Jersey Gambling Commission [1] (JGC) regulates and controls the gambling industry in Jersey, with the exception of the Channel Islands lottery, which is regulated by their government. The JGC operates under the mandate of the Gambling Commission (Jersey) Law [2], passed on the 3rd of September 2010 and the Gambling (Jersey) Law [3], passed in 2012. Both these laws were amended on the 1st of January 2019.

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Licence Types

The Jersey Gambling Commission issues 6 types of licenses, which are valid for 5 years.

LICENCE DESCRIPTION
Remote Operators Licence (B2C) Allows operators to provide online gambling services to players from Jersey
Platform Providers Permit (B2B) Issued to businesses that supply software and hardware to B2C licensees. Licence holders can be individual providers and legal operators
Hosting Service Providers Permit Is necessary for hosting centres to provide services for placing resources of online casinos or other gambling establishments on the Internet. Issued for 1 year
Software Designers Permit A software developer licence to create games for residents of Jersey and other jurisdictins
Personal Gambling Licence (PGL) Allows individuals to run or represent a commercial gambling business
Licence for Gaming Machine or Remote Gaming Testing Houses Is necessary for organisations providing testing and certification services for gaming software, security systems and monetary transactions

Foreign companies with licences from jurisdictions that have signed the JGC Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), under the Remote Operators License, are issued permissions:

  1. Remote Disaster Recovery Licence - Allows you to place disaster recovery (DR) systems on the island. Issued free of charge.
  2. Mirroring and Load Balancing Services Licence - for hosting the mirroring and load balancing system on Jersey servers. The cost of issuing a permit is £5,000.

Jersey's Gambling Business is additionally regulated by:

  1. The Gambling (Charitable and Membership) (Jersey) Regulations [4] 2012 - covers charitable, social giveaways and membership games.
  2. The Gambling (Ancillary and Miscellaneous) (Jersey) Regulations [5] 2012 - regulate the organisation and provision of services for the maintenance of gambling platforms by commercial enterprises.

The Channel Islands Lottery is administered by the State Department of Economic Development, Tourism, Sports and Culture.

The Proceeds of Crime (Supervisory Bodies) (Jersey) Law [6], passed in 2008, requires all JGC applicants to register with The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC [7]).

JGC Jurisdiction and Authority

Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and is a British Crown dependency. Jersey is a self-governing parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch with its own financial, legal and judicial systems. It is not directly subject to the Gambling Commission of Great Britain.

The Gambling Commission regulates the activities of commercial and charitable companies that organize gambling on the island. JGC is responsible for supervising the work of operators licensed by the Commission that provide gambling services outside the island.

The Gambling Commission Act states that the JGC may, in cooperation with foreign gambling regulatory authorities, exercise any authority it has approved.

JGC licensees are authorized to provide locally approved gambling in the rest of the world. The JGC and the Attorney General may provide appropriate assistance to licensees operating in other countries.

The organisers of gambling services that have received licences for gambling activities from the regulators participating in the Memorandum of Understanding, in addition to the licence of a remote gambling operator, have the right to obtain permission to host disaster recovery, load balancing and mirroring systems on Jersey servers.

Arbitration

Players using the resources licensed by the JGC should first submit complaints to the licensees. The appeal should be in writing, with a detailed explanation of the essence of the issue.

The operator registers the appeal and gives a written answer to the player within 72 working hours. If the user is not satisfied with the answer, he can then contact the JGC.

In an appeal to the Commission, it is necessary to provide the player's personal data, the details of the complaint and the response received from the licensee. The JGC will review the complaint and communicate the decision in writing to the player and the licensee.

How to get a Jersey Licence

An application for a licence must include:

  1. Information about the Owners and the Senior Management of the Company
  2. Company Registration data
  3. Business plan and the Corporate Structure of the enterprise
  4. Details of the Original Licence
  5. The financial position of the applicant
  6. Information about the presence of fines and civil claims
  7. Additional information
  8. Declarations of the Owners and Managers of the Company

The applicant must print the application, date it, attach the required documents and sign it.

Checklist for a licence application:

  • print and fill out the application
  • collect copies of statutory and registration documents
  • pay the application fee
  • attach corporate and personal permissions to the processing of data of persons submitting personal declarations
  • provide information about the absence of a criminal record and tax returns of the officials of the organization (for example, Directors, Shareholders with a share of more than 5%, Appointed Officers, Official Representatives)
  • publicly registered companies must provide information on all shareholders with a participation interest of 20% or more

The cost of registering an application is £500 and £300 for the issuance of a Personal Gambling Licence (PGL).

LICENCE PERMIT FEE in £
Remote Operators Licence (B2C) [8] 6,000
Platform Providers Licence (B2B) [9] 6,000
Platform Providers Licence (B2B) [10] 1,000
Software Designers Licence [11] 1,250
Personal Gambling Licence (PGL) [12] 500
Licence for Gaming Machine or Remote Gaming Testing Houses [13] Is absent

Taxes and Fees

The annual licence fees for Remote Operators Licence holders are:

  • £15,000 - for companies with an annual gross gaming income (GGR) of up to £1,000,000
  • £35,000 for businesses with a GGR in excess of £1,000,000

The annual fee for Platform Providers Licence holders is:

  • for providers - £15,000
  • for operators of remote gambling - £10,000.

The fee for making changes to the licensee's data is £250 and for late payment you need to pay 10% of the fee.

FAQ
Can foreign companies get a licence in Jersey?

Yes. Overseas companies with foreign regulatory approvals are eligible to obtain JGC approval as an operator, developer or gambling service provider.

Additionally, foreign companies can obtain permission to host disaster recovery, mirroring and load balancing systems using servers located on the island.

Why do hosting centres get a 1 year licence?

The decision to licence hosting centres was made in 2019. Since the JGC has not yet assessed the prospects and risks associated with issuing long-term licences, a temporary decision was made to provide hosting centers with licences for a period of 12 months.

What is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)?

It is a type of international agreement in which two or more parties can participate. It expresses their common will and displays the line of joint action. It does not imply a legal obligation, but may include certain legal elements.

Jersey has already signed MoUs with Kenya and Rwanda.