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Non-remote betting intermediary operating licence

Allows you to bring two or more betting parties together so they can bet against each other, but you never have liability for their bets. An example of a non-remote betting intermediary is a tic-tac at a racecourse

Betting intermediaries can be remote or non-remote. The need for a licence (or not) will depend upon whether or not facilities for gambling are provided in line with Section 5 of the Act.  

Racecourse hospitality boxes 

Racecourse hospitality boxes offer a lot of the facilities for gambling, in particular a live picture feed, which we would ordinarily use to identify a trading room on the high street.

As long as a track or individual is not advertising the availability of the box as a trading room, or offering facilities which are not part of the standard hospitality package, it is unlikely an operating or premises licence is required. However, each case will be judged on its individual circumstances.  

Hotels 

If individuals are using hotel rooms to trade in-running, consideration will be given to the primary business intention and whether the provision of certain facilities is in keeping with that. 

A hotel’s primary commercial interest is in selling accommodation. A hotel next to a racecourse may in some circumstances provide live racing pictures to facilitate this aim based on the anticipated clientele. 

A hotel away from a racecourse would need to demonstrate how the provision of racing pictures supports their primary business intention. 

Internet cafes 

The provision of computers which may be used for gambling by an individual does not automatically require an operating or premises licence. Provided the computers are not adapted to draw attention to gambling, or intended to be used mainly for gambling, a licence will not be required. 

If, however, the internet cafe showed live horseracing pictures we would consider it a major indication of the provision of facilities for gambling. Again, each case will be judged on its individual circumstances. 

Application fee non-remote betting intermediary operating licence 

 Gross gambling yield
 

A

B

C

D

E

Less than £0.55m

£0.55m - £2.5m

£2.5m-£5.5m

£5.5m-£10m

£10m+

Betting intermediary

£198

£198

£198

 

 

Annual fee

Your first annual fee is due 30 days after your licence is issued to you and every year on the anniversary of the day your licence was issued.

For the first year, unless you are applying for a remote licence, the annual fees below will be reduced by 25% (ancillary and linked licence annual fees are not subject to this reduction).  

If you apply for a combination of different operating licences, you will get a discount on your annual fee.

 Gross gambling yield  
 

A

B

C

D

E

Less than £0.55m

£0.55m - £2.5m

£2.5m - £5.5m

£5.5m - £10m

£10m+

Betting intermediary - annual fee

£280

£4,277

£4,338

 

 

Also see

Betting: which licence do you need?

Advice for remote, non-remote and betting intermediaries

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