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Non-trading businesses and annual fees

It is a requirement of the Gambling Act 2005 for operators to pay their annual fee in full before the anniversary date stated on their operating licence. The fact that you may not have traded does not affect this legal requirement. If you wish to retain your operating licence, you must pay the annual fee by the due date.

If you surrender your licence the fee will not be payable.

How to surrender your licence

If you want to give up or surrender your operating licence in full or partially, you can do this in the following ways.

Telephone:

0121 230 6511 (option 2)

Email:

licensing@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

Online:

You can partially surrender your licences in eServices.

If you do surrender your operating licence, you will not be able to trade again until you have applied for and been granted a new operating licence. You would then have to pay the application fee and, if the licence is granted, a first annual fee 30 days after the issue date of the new licence.

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