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Non-remote external lottery manager operating licence

This licence allows you to manage a lottery on behalf of a society or local authority.

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)

Lotteries can only be run for good causes and cannot be run for commercial gain.

External lottery managers

A society or local authority lottery may employ an external lottery manager (ELM) to make the arrangements for the lottery on their behalf. All ELMs must hold an ELM operating licence.

ELMs are commercial companies that manage lotteries and provide services to society and local authority lotteries. ELMs may need to hold both a remote and non-remote licence if they are involved in promoting both types of lottery.

Current application fees

Fee category Annual proceeds Application Fee
A1 Less than £550,000 £879
B1 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2.5 million £1,464
C1 £2.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million £1,690
D1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £10 million £2,050
E1 £10 million or greater £2,274

Application fees effective from 1 October 2021

Fee category Annual proceeds Application Fee
A1 Less than £550,000 £1,406
B1 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2.5 million £2,342
C1 £2.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million £2,704
D1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £10 million £3,280
E1 £10 million or greater £3,638

Application fees effective from 6 April 2022

Category E1 is changing and 2 new fee categories, E2 and E3 are being introduced.

Fee category Annual proceeds Application Fee
A1 Less than £550,000 £1,406
B1 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2.5 million £2,342
C1 £2.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million £2,704
D1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £10 million £3,280
E1 Changed £10 million or greater, up to but excluding £17.5 million £3,638
E2 New £17.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £35 million £6,946
E3 New £35 million or greater £13,230

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 proceedsAnnual Fee
A1 Less than £550,000 £2,075
B1 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2.5 million £2,368
C1 £2.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million £4,044
D1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £10 million £6,675
E1 £10 million or greater £15,813

Annual fees effective from 6 April 2022

Fee category Annual proceeds Annual Fee
A1 Less than £550,000 £2,386
B1 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2.5m £2,723
C1 £2.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million £4,651
D1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £10 million £7,676
E1 £10 million or greater, up to but excluding £17.5 million £18,185
E2 £17.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £35 million £26,028
E3 £35 million or greater £35,100

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