The current Gambling (Jersey) Law allows for non-profit organisations (NPO) such as charities, clubs and societies, to raise funds through gambling. In order for an NPO to undertake this sort of activity, the Jersey Gambling Commission ("the Commission") under the Gambling (Charitable & Membership) Regulations, devised a tiered approach to the regulation of NPOs.
This category has been designed to cater for ad hoc / ‘one-off’ charitable gambling where the amount of prizes on offer is less than £1,500 per day. Charities may engage in any form of gambling (lotteries and bingo) on three or less days a year, except Crown and Anchor or any form of gambling with an electronic component.
In the event that you wish to conduct non-exempt gambling you MUST register with the Commission or obtain a permit. Under Article 26(5) of the Law it is an offence for an unregistered person to provide such a service without reasonable excuse, and that offence carries a penalty of a fine up to £5,000. In the event that a person provides a gambling service where a permit is required, that person commits an offence under Article 26(4)(b), with a penalty of imprisonment for up to one year and/or an unlimited fine.
The provision of a permit to undertake charitable gambling is reserved for those types of gambling that either appear as if they are of a scale to warrant being classed as commercial (other than not being for private gain) or for such reasons as the Commission may specify in writing to a charity, normally based on a risk assessment or prior regulatory action. Permits issued by the Commission are subject to a similar level of oversight as commercial licences and are subject to both mandatory and supplementary conditions.
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