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Remote external lottery manager operating licence

This licence allows you to manage a lottery on behalf of a society or local authority.

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)

Lotteries can only be run for good causes and cannot be run for commercial gain.

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

This licence allows you to manage a remote (eg online) lottery on behalf of a society or local authority.

External lottery managers

A society or local authority lottery may employ an external lottery manager (ELM) to make the arrangements for the lottery on their behalf. All ELMs must hold an ELM operating licence.

ELMs are commercial companies that manage lotteries and provide services to society and local authority lotteries. ELMs may need to hold both a remote and non-remote licence if they are involved in promoting both types of lottery.

Current application fees

Fee categoryAnnual proceedsApplication Fee
F1Less than £0.55m£879
G1£0.55m - £2.5m£1,464
H1£2.5m - £5.5m£1,691
I1£5.5m - £10m£2,050
J1£10m or greater£2,217

Application fees from 1 October 2021

Fee category Annual proceeds Application Fee
F1 Less than £550,000 £1,406
G1 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2.5 million £2,342
H1 £2.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million £2,706
I1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £10 million £3,280
J1 £10 million or greater, up to but excluding £17.5 million £3,547
K1 New £17.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £35 million £6,946
L1 New £35 million or greater £13,230

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 proceedsApplication Fee
F1Less than £0.55m£6,765
G1£0.55m - £2.5m£19,063
H1£2.5m - £5.5m£24,372
I1£5.5m - £10m£37,006
J1£10m or greater£48,893

Annual fees from 1 October 2021

Fee category Annual proceeds Application Fee
F1 Less than £550,000 £7,780
G1 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2.5 million £21,922
H1 £2.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million £28,028
I1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £10 million £42,557
J1 £10 million or greater, up to but excluding £17.5 million £56,227
K1 New £17.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £35 million £67,250
L1 New £35 million or greater £78,850

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