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Non-remote bingo operating licence

This licence allows you to provide facilities for playing bingo games at licensed bingo premises, or in clubs and premises with alcohol licences, and where the bingo games are played on the same site.

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)

You will need a bingo operating licence if you offer bingo at a club or working men’s institute or premises with an alcohol licence and you provide high turnover bingo (ie where the aggregate stakes or the aggregate of prizes for bingo played at a club in any period of seven days exceeds £2,000).

If you hold a bingo premises licence you will be allowed to offer Category B3 or B4 (not B3A) gaming machines alongside any number of Category C or D gaming machines. No more than 20% of the total number of gaming machines on the bingo premises can be of Category B3 or B4.

If you apply for one of these licences you can also apply for linked licences if you intend to maintain the gaming machines on your premises yourself, or intend to maintain the gambling software used in connection with the electronic bingo terminals yourself.

Current application fees

Fee categoryAnnual gross gambling yieldApplication Fee
A1Less than £200,000£879
A2£200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000£879
A3£750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million£1,464
B1£1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£1,464
B2£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million£1,464
B3£4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million£1,464
C1£7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million£2,930
D1£14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million£15,378
E1£30 million or greater, up to but excluding £125 million£18,454
E2£125 million or greater, up to but excluding £225 million£18,454
E3£225 million or greater, up to but excluding £325 million£18,454
E4£325 million or greater£18,454

Application fees from 1 October 2021

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Application Fee
A1 Less than £200,000 £1,406
A2 £200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000 £1,406
A3 £750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million £2,342
B1 £1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £2,342
B2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million £2,342
B3 £4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million £2,342
C1 £7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million £4,688
D1 £14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million £24,605
E1 £30 million or greater, up to but excluding £125 million £29,526
E2 £125 million or greater, up to but excluding £225 million £29,526
E3 £225 million or greater, up to but excluding £325 million £29,526
E4 £325 million or greater £29,526

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 £200,000£1,322
A2£200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000£1,378
A3£750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million£2,050
B1£1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£3,055
B2£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million£3,297
B3£4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million£3,708
C1£7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million£10,464
D1£14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million£23,395
E1£30 million or greater, up to but excluding £125 million£41,080
E2£125 million or greater, up to but excluding £225 million£61,252
E3£225 million or greater, up to but excluding £325 million£76,327
E4£325 million or greater£106,327 plus £30,000 for each complete additional £200 million of annual gross gambling yield above £325 million

Annual fees from 6 April 2022

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Annual Fee
A1 Less than £200,000 £1,520
A2 £200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000 £1,585
A3 £750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million £2,358
B1 £1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £3,513
B2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million £3,792
B3 £4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million £4,264
C1 £7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million £12,034
D1 £14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million £26,904
E1 £30 million or greater, up to but excluding £125 million £47,242
E2 £125 million or greater, up to but excluding £225 million £70,440
E3 £225 million or greater, up to but excluding £325 million £87,776
E4 £325 million or greater £122,276 plus £30,000 for each complete additional £200 million of annual gross gambling yield above £325 million

Ancillary activities

If you are applying for a non-remote bingo operating licence and also want to offer bingo on the premises by means of electronic bingo terminals that link to live games (and which therefore use remote communication), you will need to also apply for an ancillary remote licence.

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

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

Ancillary remote application fee: £100
There is no annual fee for the bingo ancillary operating licence.

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