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Remote betting intermediary (trading rooms) operating licence

Regardless of where you are based in the world, you need a licence from us if:

  • you are providing facilities for gambling to consumers in Great Britain online (or through any other means of remote communication)
  • any part of your remote gambling equipment is based in Great Britain. 

There is a remote operating licence for each type of gambling activity you might want to provide.

This licence allows you to run a trading room from a premises licensed by your local licensing authority (betting premises or track premises licence). 

Trading rooms are where you set up equipment that lets people bet with a third party such as an online betting exchange or fixed-odds betting operator. You are never involved in the bets made. 

Racecourse hospitality boxes 

Racecourse hospitality boxes offer services such as a live picture feed. As long as a track or individual is not advertising the availability of the box as a trading room, or offering facilities which are not part of the standard hospitality package, it is unlikely that an operating or premises licence will be required. However, each case will be judged on its individual circumstances.  


If individuals are using hotel rooms to trade in-running, consideration will be given to the primary business intention and whether the provision of certain facilities is in keeping with that. 

A hotel’s primary commercial interest is in selling accommodation. A hotel next to a racecourse may in some circumstances provide live racing pictures to facilitate this aim based on the anticipated clientele. 

A hotel away from a racecourse would need to demonstrate how the provision of racing pictures supports their primary business intention. 

Internet cafes 

The provision of computers which may be used for gambling by an individual does not automatically require an operating or premises licence. Provided the computers are not adapted to draw attention to gambling, or intended to be used mainly for gambling, it is unlikely that a licence will be required. 

If, however, the internet cafe showed live horseracing pictures we would consider it a major indication of the provision of facilities for gambling. Again, each case will be judged on its individual circumstances. 

Application fee remote betting intermediary (trading rooms) operating licence

Application fees

 Fee category




 Annual gross gambling yield

Up to £0.55 million

£0.55m - £6.6m


Remote betting intermediary (trading rooms)




Annual fee

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

If you apply for a combination of different kinds of licence, you will get a discount on your annual fee. 

Annual fees


Gross gambling yield





Less than £550k



Remote betting intermediary
(trading rooms) -   annual fee






Also see

Betting: which licence do you need?

Advice for remote, non-remote and betting intermediaries

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Is a trading room licence required?

Advice for businesses who may need a trading room licence

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