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Non-remote bingo operating licence

This licence allows you to provide facilities for playing bingo games at licensed bingo premises, or in clubs and premises with alcohol licences, and where the bingo games are played on the same site. 

You will need a bingo operating licence if you offer bingo at a club or working men’s institute or premises with an alcohol licence and you provide high turnover bingo (ie where the aggregate stakes or the aggregate of prizes for bingo played at a club in any period of seven days exceeds £2,000).

If you hold a bingo premises licence you will be allowed to offer Category B3 or B4 (not B3A) gaming machines alongside any number of Category C or D gaming machines. No more than 20% of the total number of gaming machines on the bingo premises can be of Category B3 or B4.   

Ancillary remote operating licence

If you are applying for a non-remote bingo operating licence and also want to offer bingo on the premises by  means of electronic bingo terminals that link to live games (and which therefore use remote communication), you will need to also apply for an ancillary remote licence.

With the exception of the restricted circumstances above, any other provision of facilities for remote gambling on bingo premises will require a remote bingo operating licence.

For example, we do not consider that providing software to customers in licensed bingo premises, which the customers download onto their own devices to participate in remote gambling, falls within the scope of the bingo ancillary licence provided for by the Fees Regulations.

Ancillary remote application fee: £100
There is no annual fee for the bingo ancillary operating licence.
 

If you apply for one of these licences you can also apply for linked licences if you intend to maintain the gaming machines on your premises yourself, or intend to maintain the gambling software used in connection with the electronic bingo terminals yourself.

Application fee non-remote bingo operating licence

Application fees

Fee category

A1

A2

A3

B1

B2

B3

C1

D1

Annual gross gambling yield

Less than   £200,000

£200,000   or greater, up to but excluding £750,000

£750,000   or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million

£1.25   million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million

£2 million   or greater, up to but excluding £4 million

£4 million   or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million

£7.5   million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million

£14   million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million

Application Fee

£879

£879

£1,464

£1,464

£1,464

£1,464

£2,930

£15, 378

Fee category

E1

E2

E3

E4

 

 

 

 

Gross gambling yield

£30 million   or greater, up to but excluding £125 million

£125 million   or greater, up to but excluding £225 million

£225 million   or greater, up to but excluding £325 million

£325 million   or greater

 

 

 

 

Application Fee

£18,454

£18,454

£18,454

£18,454

 

 

 

 

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. 

Annual fees

Fee category

A1

A2

A3

B1

B2

B3

C1

D1

Annual gross gambling yield

Less than   £200,000

£200,000   or greater, up to but excluding £750,000

£750,000   or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million

£1.25   million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million

£2 million   or greater, up to but excluding £4 million

£4 million   or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million

£7.5   million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million

£14   million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million

Annual Fee

£1,322

£1,378

£2,050

£3,055

£3,297

£3,708

£10,464

£23,395

Fee category

E1

E2

E3

E4

 

 

 

 

Gross gambling yield

£30   million or greater, up to but excluding £125 million

£125   million or greater, up to but excluding £225 million

£225   million or greater, up to but excluding £325 million

£325   million or greater

 

 

 

 

Annual Fee

£41,080

£61,252

£76,327

£106,327 plus   £30,000 for each complete additional £200 million of annual gross gambling yield   above £325 million