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Remote betting host real events licence

This licence will allow you to provide facilities for betting on real events (but not virtual events) by means of remote communication (for example, a website)

Regardless of where you are based in the world, you need a licence from us if:

  • you are providing facilities for gambling to consumers in Great Britain online (or through any other means of remote communication)
  • any part of your remote gambling equipment is based in Great Britain.

There is a remote operating licence for each type of gambling activity you might want to provide.

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)

Hosts

Some gambling software businesses provide facilities for remote gambling by making their games or betting content available to customers of other operators. For example, rather than supplying its software directly to remote gambling operators, the gambling software business hosts its own sportsbook on its own server, and those betting markets can be accessed by customers of other operators through those other operators’ websites.

If you are a gambling software business that provides facilities for remote betting on real events but only in circumstances in which you host those facilities through other operators’ platforms, then you may be eligible to hold a remote betting host (real events) operating licence.

This licence will allow you to provide facilities for betting on real events (but not virtual events) by means of remote communication (for example, a website) and only in circumstances where the following criteria are met:

  • You hold a gambling software operating licence, and
  • You do not contract directly with any of the customers who place bets on the facilities you provide ie only customers of another operator can access your betting facilities via that other operator’s website or app.

Current application fees

Fee categoryAnnual gross gambling yieldApplication Fee
F1Less than £550,000£2,200
F2£550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£2,200
F3£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million0£2,200
G1£5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £15 million£4,839
G2£15 million or greater, up to but excluding £55 million£4,839
H1£55 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million£6,395
I1£110 million or greater, up to but excluding £220 million£10,985
J1£220 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million£13,197
K1£550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion£19,333
L1£1 billion or greater£19,333

Application fees from 1 October 2021

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Application Fee
F1 Less than £550,000 £3,520
F2 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £3,520
F3 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million0 £3,520
G1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £15 million £7,742
G2 £15 million or greater, up to but excluding £55 million £7,742
H1 £55 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million £10,232
I1 £110 million or greater, up to but excluding £220 million £17,576
J1 £220 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million £21,115
K1 £550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion £30,933
L1 £1 billion or greater £30,933

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
F1Less than £550,000£2,556
F2£550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£6,500
F3£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million0£7,517
G1£5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £15 million£24,839
G2£15 million or greater, up to but excluding £55 million£35,015
H1£55 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million£56,420
I1£110 million or greater, up to but excluding £220 million£103,090
J1£220 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million£210,794
K1£550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion£371,142
L1£1 billion or greater£471,142 plus £100,000 for each complete additional £500 million of annual gross gambling yield above £1 billion

Annual fees from 1 October 2021

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Annual Fee
F1 Less than £550,000 £3,962
F2 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £10,074
F3 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million0 £11,652
G1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £15 million £38,501
G2 £15 million or greater, up to but excluding £55 million £54,274
H1 £55 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million £87,451
I1 £110 million or greater, up to but excluding £220 million £159,789
J1 £220 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million £326,730
K1 £550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion £575,270
L1 £1 billion or greater £730,270 plus £100,000 for each complete additional £500 million of annual gross gambling yield above £1 billion

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