What operating licences do I need - bingo?
The following types of licence apply to bingo
businesses. Please read the details below to see which licence you
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
licences to help maintain your gaming machines and gambling
Non-remote bingo operating licence
This licence allows you to run bingo games on premises licensed
by your local licensing authority. It also allows you to site up to
eight gaming machines or 20% of the total machines, whichever is
greatest. The gaming machines have to be in machine category B3 or B4, but
not category B3A.
However, as this is a bingo licence the primary activity on your
premises must be bingo games, to comply with your licence. Please
conditions and codes of practice - consolidated December 2011 for full
details. Apply for an operating licence.
Remote bingo operating
This licence allows you to run online bingo games on a
website, through mobile technology, interactive TV services or
radio technology. You must apply to us for an operating licence if
any part of the equipment you use to run your remote service is
sited in Great Britain. Apply for an operating licence.
If you are applying for a non-remote bingo operating licence,
but want to offer bingo by
remote means, such as linking
live games to devices such as electronic bingo terminals, you can
add an ancillary remote licence to your main licence type.
The Gambling Commission considers an activity to be ancillary to
the specified licensed activity when an activity
is only an additional or secondary activity to the
specified licensed activity.
page reviewed: March 2012