The legislation that established the Commission also enshrined three guiding principles:
- Gambling should always be conducted responsibly and with safeguards necessary to protect children and vulnerable people;
- Gambling should be verifiably fair to consumers of those services;
- Gambling should be regulated in accordance with accepted international standards to prevent fraud and money laundering, and should not be permitted to be a source of crime.
A Remote Gambling Operators Licence is required to offer Business-to-Customer (B2C) gambling from Jersey. For a licence to be granted, the applicant must have a company in the Island, in addition to which, data covering player transactions and game outcomes must be held in Jersey. Applicants have the opportunity of using a corporate services provider, of which there are many, including some which are also holders of Personal Gambling Licences, and therefore may sit as directors making decisions affecting the company. The Commission is funded not by government or by the taxpayer, but by licence and permit holders.
Although the Commission is independent of the Island’s government, it works with the department of the Economic Development Minister, whose political remit covers gambling legislation.
Jersey’s gambling legislation is modern and flexible, and enables the Commission to define and create new licence categories without the need to amend primary legislation.
The Commission has set a competitive schedule of fees based on the cost of regulation, which is laid out in more detail under the various licence categories on our website at www.jgc.je. The JGC does not collect fees for government or seek to make excessive surpluses.