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Licence activities

Remote bingo operating licence

This activity allows you to provide bingo games to customers via a website, apps, mobile, interactive TV or radio.

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)

The remote bingo operating licence allows you to provide bingo games to customers via a website, through mobile technology, interactive TV services or radio technology. If you contract with any of the participants who use your gambling facilities (ie if any of those participants are your own customers) then you will need this licence instead of the bingo (game host) operating licence.

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

  • must hold a gambling software operating licence, and
  • must not contract directly with any of the customers who play the bingo games you provide ie only customers of another operator can access your bingo games via that other operator’s website or app.

Please see the bingo (host) licence for further details.

Current application fees

Fee categoryAnnual gross gambling yieldApplication Fee
F1Less than £550,000£2,640
G1£550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£6,452
G2£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million£6,452
H1£5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £25 million£10,147
I1£25 million or greater, up to but excluding £100 million£14,896
J1£100 million or greater, up to but excluding £250 million£23,977
K1£250 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million£33,832
L1£550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion£57,304
M1£1 billion or greater£57,304

Application fees from 1 October 2021

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Application Fee
F1 Less than £550,000 £4,224
G1 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £10,323
G2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million £10,323
H1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £25 million £16,235
I1 £25 million or greater, up to but excluding £100 million £23,834
J1 £100 million or greater, up to but excluding £250 million £38,363
K1 £250 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million £54,131
L1 £550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion £91,686
M1 £1 billion or greater £91,686

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£2,709
G1£550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£6,488
G2£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million£9,480
H1£5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £25 million£13,307
I1£25 million or greater, up to but excluding £100 million£35,541
J1£100 million or greater, up to but excluding £250 million£68,146
K1£250 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million£136,455
L1£550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion£387,083
M1£1 billion or greater£512,083 plus £125,000 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 £4,199
G1 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £10,056
G2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million £14,694
H1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £25 million £20,626
I1 £25 million or greater, up to but excluding £100 million £55,089
J1 £100 million or greater, up to but excluding £250 million £105,626
K1 £250 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million £211,505
L1 £550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion £599,979
M1 £1 billion or greater £793,729 plus £125,000 for each complete additional £500 million of annual gross gambling yield above £1 billion

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