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Non-remote general betting (standard) operating licence

Allows you to run a betting shop based in premises agreed with your local licensing authority. This licence also allows you to provide betting facilities on tracks/courses.

It also allows you to offer up to four gaming machines. The gaming machines have to be in machine category B2 or lower, but not category B3A. If you choose not to offer gaming machines your annual fee under this licence will be lower.

If you intend to use remote platforms (for example, betting websites) to back or lay bets as part of running a betting shop, you will also require a Remote general betting (standard) (remote platform) licence. You will not need to pay any additional application or annual fee for this extra licence if this is the case. 

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 (standard) operating licence 

 Number of shops
 

A

B

C

D

E1

E2

Up to 4

5 - 15

16 - 50

51 - 99

100 - 199

200 - 349

General betting (standard)

£977

£977

£3,417

£17,087

£19,087

 £22,087

 

E3

E4

E5

E6

E7

 

350 - 499

500 - 999

1000 - 1499

1500 - 1999

2000 or more

General betting (standard)

£31,032

£40,032

£40,032

£40,032

£40,032

 

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. 

 Number of shops  
 

A

B

C

D

E1

E2

Up to 4

5 - 15

16 - 50

51 - 99

100 - 199

200 - 349

General betting (standard) - annual fee

£1,531

£6,894

£17,914

£45,426

£51,555

£113,960

 

E3

E4

E5

E6

E7

 

350 - 499

500 - 999

1000 - 1499

1500 - 1999

2000 or more

 
General betting (standard) - annual fee

£169,960

£244,960

£264,960

£284,960

see below

 

Where the number of licensed premises operated by the licence holder is 2,000 to 2,499, the annual fee is £304,960. Where the number of licensed premises operated by the licence holder is 2,500 or more, the annual fee is £304,960 plus an additional £25,000 for each block of up to 500 premises.

 

Number of shops

 

A

B

C

D

E

Up to 4

5 - 15

16 - 50

51 - 199

200+

General betting (standard) - annual fee if no gaming machines provided on licensed betting premises

£1,461

£6,582

£16,860

 

 

Also see

Betting: which licence do you need?

Advice for remote, non-remote and betting intermediaries

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