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Non-remote 1968 Act casino operating licence

If you wish to operate a casino premises which was originally granted permissions under the Gaming Act 1968, and which converted under the ‘grandfathering’ arrangements of the Gambling Act 2005, you should contact us to find out what you need to do.

Important

This page contains upcoming changes to application and annual fees.

New application fees come into effect on 1 October 2021.

New annual fees for remote operators also come into effect on 1 October 2021, and for non-remote operators on 6 April 2022.

Read the consultation response on proposals for changes to Gambling Commission fees (link opens in a new tab)

This licence is for existing casinos which were originally licensed under the Gaming Act 1968 (opens in new tab).

Current application fees

Fee categoryAnnual gross gambling yieldApplication Fee
A1Less than £5.5 million£5,858
B1£5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £27.5 million£8,706
C1£27.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million£17,575
D1£110 million or greater, up to but excluding £200 million£17,575
E1£200 million or greater, up to but excluding £300 million£17,575
E2£300 million or greater, up to but excluding £400 million£17,575
E3£400 million or greater£17,575

Application fees from 1 October 2021

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Application Fee
A1 Less than £5.5 million £9,373
B1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £27.5 million £13,930
C1 £27.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million £28,120
D1 £110 million or greater, up to but excluding £200 million £28,120
E1 £200 million or greater, up to but excluding £300 million £28,120
E2 £300 million or greater, up to but excluding £400 million £28,120
E3 £400 million or greater £28,120

Current annual fees

Your first annual fee is due 30 days after your licence is issued and is reduced by 25% (ancillary and linked licence annual fees are not subject to this reduction).

After this, fees are due every year before the anniversary of the day your licence was issued.

Fee categoryAnnual gross gambling yieldAnnual Fee
A1Less than £5.5 million£16,714
B1£5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £27.5 million£22,440
C1£27.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million£71,943
D1£110 million or greater, up to but excluding £200 million£167,256
E1£200 million or greater, up to but excluding £300 million£324,704
E2£300 million or greater, up to but excluding £400 million£400,586
E3£400 million or greater£500,586 plus £100,000 for each complete additional £150 million of annual gross gaming yield above £400 million

Annual fees from 6 April 2022

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Annual Fee
A1 Less than £5.5 million £19,221
B1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £27.5 million £25,806
C1 £27.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million £82,734
D1 £110 million or greater, up to but excluding £200 million £192,344
E1 £200 million or greater, up to but excluding £300 million £373,410
E2 £300 million or greater, up to but excluding £400 million £460,674
E3 £400 million or greater £575,674 plus £100,000 for each complete additional £150 million of annual gross gaming yield above £400 million

Ancillary activities

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

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