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Remote betting host virtual events licence

This licence will allow you to provide facilities for betting on virtual events (but not real 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 virtual betting products on its own server, and those products 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 virtual 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 (virtual events) operating licence.

This licence will allow you to provide facilities for betting on virtual events (but not real 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 virtual betting facilities via that other operator’s website or app.

Current application fees

Fee categoryAnnual gross gambling yieldApplication Fee
F1Less than £550,000£1,980
G1£550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£4,839
G2£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million£4,839
H1£5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £25 million£7,610
I1£25 million or greater, up to but excluding £100 million£11,172
J1£100 million or greater, up to but excluding £250 million£17,983
K1£250 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million£25,374
L1£550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion£42,978
M1£1 billion or greater£42,978

Application fees from 1 October 2021

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Application Fee
F1 Less than £550,000 £3,168
G1 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £7,742
G2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million £7,742
H1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £25 million £12,176
I1 £25 million or greater, up to but excluding £100 million £17,875
J1 £100 million or greater, up to but excluding £250 million £28,772
K1 £250 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million £40,598
L1 £550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion £68,765
M1 £1 billion or greater £68,765

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£2,027
G1£550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£4,855
G2£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million£7,094
H1£5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £25 million£9,958
I1£25 million or greater, up to but excluding £100 million£26,595
J1£100 million or greater, up to but excluding £250 million£50,993
K1£250 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million£102,108
L1£550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion£289,652
M1£1 billion or greater£389,652 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 £3,142
G1 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £7,525
G2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million £10,996
H1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £25 million £15,435
I1 £25 million or greater, up to but excluding £100 million £41,222
J1 £100 million or greater, up to but excluding £250 million £79,039
K1 £250 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million £158,267
L1 £550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion £448,961
M1 £1 billion or greater £603,961 plus £100,000 for each complete additional £500 million of annual gross gambling yield above £1 billion

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