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non-remote 2005 Act casino operating licence

From 6 April 2017, the fees for non-remote Casino 2005 Act operating licences will be based on an operator’s annual gross gambling yield (GGY) rather than the type of premises licence.

A premises licence issued by a local licensing authority will however continue to authorise either a ‘small’ or a ‘large’ 2005 Act Casino premises.

Small casino premises 

You can only run a small casino in the following local licensing authority areas, and each area can only have one casino:

  • Bath and North East Somerset District Council
  • East Lindsey District Council
  • Luton Borough Council
  • Scarborough Borough Council
  • Swansea City and County Council
  • Torbay Borough Council
  • Wigtown Divisional Licensing Board in the area of Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • Wolverhampton City Council.

A small casino under the 2005 Act has a minimum table gaming area of 500 square metres and a minimum non-gambling area of 250 square metres. 

A small casino can have a maximum of 80 gaming machines from category B1 to D (but not category B3A), subject to a ratio of gaming machines to gaming tables which has been set at 2:1 (therefore, two gaming machines per gaming table up to a maximum of 80 machines). 

You can offer any of the games listed in our types and rules of casino games at a small casino. 

Large casino premises

You can only run a large casino in the following local licensing authority areas and each area can only have one casino:

  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Kingston upon Hull City Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • Middlesbrough Borough Council
  • Milton Keynes Borough Council
  • Newham London Borough Council
  • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Southampton City Council. 

A large casino under the 2005 Act has a minimum table gaming area of 1,000 square metres and a minimum non-gambling area of 500 square metres. 

A large casino can have a maximum of 150 gaming machines from category B1 to D (but not category B3A), subject to a ratio of gaming machines to gaming tables which has been set at 5:1 (therefore, five gaming machines per gaming table, up to the maximum of 150 machines). 

You can offer any of the games listed in our types and rules of casino games at a large casino. 

Ancillary remote operating licence 

If you are applying for a non-remote casino operating licence but will also use remote communication for gaming on the same premises (ie remote communication equipment that is situated entirely on the set of premises on which the gaming takes place; for example, touch-bet roulette terminals that link to a roulette wheel on the same premises), then you will also need to apply for an ancillary remote licence.

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

The ancillary licence does not authorise a remote link with gaming that takes place on another set of premises.

The remote casino operating licence will be required (instead of an ancillary licence), in addition to a non-remote casino operating licence if you intend to link terminals located in one casino premises to gaming that takes place in another set of premises (for example, touch-bet roulette terminals in one casino linked to a roulette wheel in another casino).  

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

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

Application fee non-remote 2005 Act casino operating licence 

Application fees

Fee category

A1

B1

C1

D1

E1

E2

E3

 

Annual gross gambling yield

Less than £5.5   million

£5.5 million   or greater, up to but excluding £27.5 million

£27.5 million   or greater, up to but excluding £110 million

£110 million   or greater, up to but excluding £200 million

£200 million   or greater, up to but excluding £300 million

£300 million   or greater, up to but excluding £400 million

£400 million   or greater

 

Application Fee

£25,777

£25,777

£33,832

£33,832

£33,832

£33,832

£33,832

 

Annual fee

The first annual fee for a non-remote (2005 Act) casino licence is due six months after the licence is issued to you. Subsequent annual fees are due every year before the anniversary of the day your licence was issued.

The first annual fee (for the non-remote Casino 2005 Act operating licence only) will be reduced by 50%. 

If your casino is not operational, then subsequent annual fees will be reduced by 50%. 

We will consider your casino to have become operational twelve months before the planned opening date of the premises. So you must tell us the date you plan to start trading (this will be a condition of your licence, if granted). 

You must also notify us three months prior to your annual fee due date to confirm whether your casino is operational so that the correct annual fee is charged. We will contact you in writing for this information.

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

E2

E3

Annual gross gambling yield

Less than £5.5   million

£5.5 million   or greater, up to but excluding £27.5 million

£27.5 million   or greater, up to but excluding £110 million

£110 million   or greater, up to but excluding £200 million

£200 million   or greater, up to but excluding £300 million

£300 million   or greater, up to but excluding £400 million

£400 million   or greater

Annual Fee

£21,714

£34,440

£105,110

£194,256

£352,026

£452,837

£572,837 plus   £120,000 for each complete additional £150 million of annual gross gambling yield   above £400 million