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Non-remote general betting (limited) operating licence

Allows you to provide facilities for betting on tracks (for example, horserace courses, greyhound tracks) as an on-course bookmaker. 

If you want to provide facilities for betting on tracks (on-course bookmakers), you are required by the Administration of Gambling on Tracks Ltd (AGT) to hold public liability insurance and a valid Horserace Betting Levy Board certificate. For more information, about these requirements you should contact AGT directly.

Ancillary remote operating licence

If you are applying for a non-remote general betting (standard) or a non-remote general betting (limited) operating licence but want to offer facilities for betting by telephone or by email (so you would be manually processing the bet), you can add an ancillary remote to your main licence. 

You can apply for an ancillary remote licence if:

  • the gross gambling yield from bets taken under your ancillary licence is less than the gross gambling yield from bets taken under your non-remote operating licence
  • the gross gambling yield from bets taken under your ancillary licence is less than £550,000 per annum.  

If you are applying for a non-remote pool betting operating licence but want to offer facilities for betting by means of bet receipt terminals (or betting machines) on your licensed betting premises or licensed track premises, you may also need to add an ancillary remote to your main licence. 

Ancillary remote application fee: £100
Ancillary remote annual fee: £50 

Activities you undertake in relation to the above licences may bring with them other licensing requirements in relation to gaming machines or gambling software.

If you apply for one of these licences you can also apply for linked licences to help maintain your gaming machines and gambling software. 

Application fee non-remote general betting (limited) operating licence 

 Track days
 

A

B

C

Up to 75

76 - 199

200+

General betting (limited)

£178

£355

£979

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. 

 Track days
 

A

B

C

Up to 75

76 - 199

200+

General betting (limited) - annual fee

£200

£467

£1,346

If you are a track bookmaker we ask you to estimate the number of days you and your representatives work on-course in order to calculate the application and annual fee that you will need to pay. 

If you operate exclusively at tracks you should include all person days planned at any kind of track, for example if:

  • you and your nominated representative both plan to attend two meetings, each on the same day (four meetings in all for the business that day) this would count as two days worked (two person days)
  • you and your nominated representatives attend separate pitches at the same track, however the pitches are linked and thereby controlled by you this would count as a single day worked (one person day)
  • you and your nominated representative attend separate unlinked pitches at the same track this would count as two days worked (two person days). 

We need to know the person days you and your representatives will work, irrespective of how many tracks you visit in a day. 

In recognising the market conditions faced by on-course bookmakers standing at Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS) greyhound meetings staged for broadcast to the off-course betting industry, the arrangements for calculating working days is slightly different.  

An on-course bookmaker who stands at a meeting, televised for transmission at a betting premises, which starts after 8am and ends before 7pm, at a BAGS meeting, need not count that meeting towards the overall total number of days.

Also see

Betting: which licence do you need?

Advice for remote, non-remote and betting intermediaries

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