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Non-remote general betting standard operating licence

This licence allows you to provide betting facilities at betting shops and at tracks and or courses.

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)

In addition to an operating licence, you will also need to apply to the relevant local licensing authorities for a betting premises licence for each shop.

The operating licence allows you to offer up to four gaming machines in each betting premises. The machines have to be in category B2 or lower, but not category B3A. If you choose not to offer gaming machines your annual fee under this licence may be lower.

Activities

This page details fees for the following:

Application fees

Annual fees

Current application fees - General betting standard

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£879
B1£1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£879
B2£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million£879
B3£4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million£879
C1£7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million£3,075
D1£14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million£15,378
E1£30 million or greater, up to but excluding £125 million£17,178
E2£125 million or greater, up to but excluding £325 million£19,878
E3£325 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million£27,929
E4£550 million or greater, up to but excluding £750 million£36,029
E5£750 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion£36,029
E6£1 billion or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 billion£36,029
E7£1.25 billion or greater, up to but excluding £1.5 billion£36,029
E8£1.5 billion or greater, up to but excluding £1.75 billion£36,029
E9£1.75 billion or greater£36,029

Application fees - General betting standard - 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 £1,406
B1 £1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £1,406
B2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million £1,406
B3 £4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million £1,406
C1 £7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million £4,920
D1 £14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million £24,605
E1 £30 million or greater, up to but excluding £125 million £27,485
E2 £125 million or greater, up to but excluding £325 million £31,805
E3 £325 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million £44,686
E4 £550 million or greater, up to but excluding £750 million £57,646
E5 £750 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion £57,646
E6 £1 billion or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 billion £57,646
E7 £1.25 billion or greater, up to but excluding £1.5 billion £57,646
E8 £1.5 billion or greater, up to but excluding £1.75 billion £57,646
E9 £1.75 billion or greater £57,646

Non-remote general betting standard - no gaming machines

This licence is for where there are no gaming machines on a betting premises.

Current application fees

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Application Fee
A1 Less 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 £879
B1 £1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £879
B2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million £879
B3 £4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million £879
C1 £7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million £3,075

Application fees - (General betting standard - no gaming machines) - 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 £1,406
B1 £1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £1,406
B2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million £1,406
B3 £4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million £1,406
C1 £7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million £4,920

Current annual fees - General betting standard

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£1,324
A2£200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000£1,477
A3£750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million£2,498
B1£1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£3,637
B2£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million£4,300
B3£4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million£5,422
C1£7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million£12,758
D1£14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million£30,200
E1£30 million or greater, up to but excluding £125 million£46,633
E2£125 million or greater, up to but excluding £325 million£106,873
E3£325 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million£193,573
E4£550 million or greater, up to but excluding £750 million£280,308
E5£750 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion£372,145
E6£1 billion or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 billion£474,187
E7£1.25 billion or greater, up to but excluding £1.5 billion£576,228
E8£1.5 billion or greater, up to but excluding £1.75 billion£678,270
E9£1.75 billion or greater£778,270 plus £100,000 for each complete additional £250 million of annual gross gambling yield above £1.75 billion

Annual fees - General betting standard - from 6 April 2022

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Annual Fee
A1 Less than £200,000 £1,523
A2 £200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000 £1,699
A3 £750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million £2,873
B1 £1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £4,183
B2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million £4,945
B3 £4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million £6,235
C1 £7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million £14,672
D1 £14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million £34,730
E1 £30 million or greater, up to but excluding £125 million £53,628
E2 £125 million or greater, up to but excluding £325 million £122,904
E3 £325 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million £222,609
E4 £550 million or greater, up to but excluding £750 million £322,354
E5 £750 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion £427,967
E6 £1 billion or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 billion £545,315
E7 £1.25 billion or greater, up to but excluding £1.5 billion £662,662
E8 £1.5 billion or greater, up to but excluding £1.75 billion £780,011
E9 £1.75 billion or greater £895,011 plus £100,000 for each complete additional £250 million of annual gross gambling yield above £1.75 billion

Non-remote general betting standard - no gaming machines

This licence is for where there are no gaming machines on a betting premises.

Current annual fees

If you intend to provide betting at licensed premises but will not make any gaming machines available for use on those premises, the annual fees for your general betting (standard) operating licence will be as shown in the table below. The application fee for your licence will be the same as shown in the table at the top of this page.

Fee categoryAnnual gross gambling yieldAnnual Fee
A1Less than £200,000£1,224
A2£200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000£1,377
A3£750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million£2,398
B1£1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£3,537
B2£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million£4,200
B3£4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million£5,322
C1£7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million£12,658

Annual fees - (General betting standard - no gaming machines) - from 6 April 2022

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Annual Fee
A1 Less than £200,000 £1,408
A2 £200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000 £1,584
A3 £750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million £2,758
B1 £1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £4,068
B2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million £4,830
B3 £4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million £6,120
C1 £7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million £14,557

Ancillary activities

If you are applying for a non-remote general betting (standard) 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

And

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

You will also need to apply for an operating licence if you intend to provide self-service betting terminals (bet receipt terminals) in any of your betting premises.

With the exception of the restricted circumstances above, set out in detail in regulation 16 of the current Fees Regulations (SI 2017 No.303), any other provision of facilities for remote gambling will require a full remote betting operating licence.

We do not consider that providing software to customers in licensed betting premises, which the customers download onto their own devices to participate in remote gambling falls within the scope of any of the ancillary licences provided for by the Fees Regulations.

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

Activities you undertake in relation to the above licences may bring with them other licensing requirements in relation to gaming machines or gambling software.

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 betting premises yourself.

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