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Licence activities

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.

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 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 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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Last updated: 5 April 2022

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