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Licence activities

Non-remote general betting limited operating licence

This licence allows you to provide facilities for betting on tracks (for example, horse race courses and greyhound tracks) as an on-course bookmaker.

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)

If you want to provide facilities for betting on tracks (on-course bookmakers), you are required by the Administration of Gambling on Tracks Ltd (opens in new tab) (AGT) to hold public liability insurance and a valid Horserace Betting Levy Board (opens in new tab) certificate. For more information about these requirements you should contact AGT directly.

If you are a track bookmaker we ask you to estimate the number of days you and your representatives will work on-course in the next annual period, in order to calculate the application and annual fees that you will need to pay.

If you operate exclusively at tracks you should include all days planned for both you and you representatives at any kind of track, for example if:

  • you and your nominated representative both plan to attend two meetings, each on the same day (four meetings in all for the business that day) this would count as two days worked (two working days)
  • you and your nominated representatives attend separate pitches at the same track, however the pitches are linked and thereby controlled by you; this would count as a single day worked (one working day)
  • you and your nominated representative attend separate unlinked pitches at the same track; this would count as two days worked (two working days).

We need to know the total number of days you and your representatives will work, irrespective of how many tracks you visit in a day.

In recognising the market conditions faced by on-course bookmakers standing at Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Service (opens in new tab) (BAGS) meetings staged for broadcast to the off-course betting industry, the arrangements for calculating working days is slightly different.

An on-course bookmaker who stands at a BAGS greyhound meeting that is televised at licensed a betting premises, and which starts after 8am and ends before 7pm, need not count that meeting towards the overall total number of days.

Current application fees

Fee categoryTotal number of days working on tracks per annum General betting (limited) application fee
A1Up to 75£160
B176 - 199£320
C1200+£881

Application fees from 1 October 2021

Fee category Total number of days working on tracks per annum General betting (limited) application fee
A1 Up to 75 £256
B1 76 - 199 £512
C1 200+ £1,410

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 categoryTotal number of days working on tracks per annumGeneral betting (limited) annual fee
A1Up to 75£200
B176 - 199£467
C1200+£1,346

Annual fees from 6 April 2022

Fee category Total number of days working on tracks per annum General betting (limited) annual fee
A1 Up to 75 £230
B1 76 - 199 £537
C1 200+ £1,548

Ancillary activities

If you are applying for a non-remote general betting (limited) operating licence and want to offer facilities for betting by telephone or by email (where you would be manually processing the bet), you should apply for an ancillary remote licence in addition to your main licence.

You may be able to apply for an ancillary remote licence if:

  • the gross gambling yield from bets taken under your ancillary licence will be less than the gross gambling yield from bets taken under your non-remote operating licence
  • the gross gambling yield from bets taken under your ancillary licence will be less than £550,000 per annum.

Ancillary remote application fee: £100
There is no annual fee for this ancillary licence

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