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Non-remote gambling software licence

If you provide facilities for gambling to consumers in Great Britain you must get your gambling software from suppliers that have a licence from the Gambling Commission.

You will need a gambling software operating licence if:

  • you manufacture, supply, adapt or install gambling software which is used by operators we license, regardless of where you are based   
  • you are based in Great Britain and manufacture, supply, adapt or install gambling software used by operators that do not have a Gambling Commission licence and are based abroad. 

You will be responsible for ensuring that the software you supply is capable of being deployed in a manner that complies with our Remote gambling and software technical standards.

Remote gambling and software technical standards do not apply to the software you provide for overseas operators who are not licensed by the Gambling Commission. 

What is gambling software? 

If you are unsure whether the software you are manufacturing, supplying, installing, or adapting is gambling software read our guide: What is gambling software? which provides information on:

  • the definition of gambling software
  • when a licence will be required
  • additional licences gambling software businesses may need
  • technical standards. 

Non-remote gambling software licence

This licence allows you to manufacture, supply, install or adapt gambling software through means of non-remote communication, such as by uploading to CD or memory stick. 

Ancillary licence

If you apply for a non-remote gambling software licence and also want to supply software by file transfer protocol (FTP) or by email, you may need to apply for an ancillary remote licence in addition to your non-remote gambling software licence. 

The gambling software ancillary licence permits the supply of gambling software by FTP or email only, and is subject to the condition that you can only generate an annual value of gross sales which:

  • is less than the total annual value of gross sales you generate through your non-remote gambling software operating licence and (if you hold any) your non-remote gaming machine technical licences
  • does not, in any event, exceed £50,000.

Ancillary remote application fee: £100
There is no annual fee for this ancillary remote licence

If your gambling software business uses any other form of remote communication, or if it does not meet the conditions of the ancillary licence outlined above, you should apply for a remote gambling software licence. 

Hosts

Some gambling software businesses provide facilities for remote gambling by making their games or betting content available to customers of other operators. For example, rather than supplying their software directly to remote gambling operators, the gambling software business hosts its own games on its own server, and those games can be accessed by customers of other operators through those other operators’ websites.

If you manufacture gambling software, but also provide facilities for gambling only in circumstances in which you host those facilities through other operators’ platforms, then you may be eligible to hold a host operating licence.  To hold a host licence, your business:

  • must hold a gambling software operating licence
  • must not contract directly with any of the customers who play the games you provide ie only customers of another operator can access your games or betting content via that other operator’s website or app.

Please see the casino (host), bingo (host), general betting (host) (real events) or general betting (host) (virtual events) licences for further details.

Application fee non-remote gambling software licence 

Application fees

Fee category

A1

B1

C1

D1

E1

 

 

 

Annual gross value of sales

Less than £550,000

£550,000 or   greater, up to but excluding £6.6 million

£6.6 million   or greater, up to but excluding £26.4 million

£26.4 million   or greater, up to but excluding £50 million

£50 million   or greater

 

 

 

Application Fee

£879

£1,464

£14,647

£14,647

£14,647

 

 

 

Annual fee

Your first annual fee is due 30 days after your licence is issued to you. Subsequent annual fees are due every year before the anniversary of the day your licence was issued. 

For the first year, 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 kinds of licence, you will get a discount on your annual fee. 

Annual fees

Fee category

A1

B1

C1

D1

E1

 

 

Annual gross value of sales

Less than £550,000

£550,000 or   greater, up to but excluding £6.6 million

£6.6 million   or greater, up to but excluding £26.4 million

£26.4 million   or greater, up to but excluding £50 million

£50 million   or greater

 

 

Annual Fee

£1,528

£3,876

£6,351

£14,703

£24,057

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also see

Host licences: your questions answered

Under what circumstances you need a host licence

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