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Remote general betting standard real events licence

This licence allows you to provide facilities for remote (online) gambling to consumers in Britain. It allows the provision of 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)

If your gross gambling yield from telephone betting is £550,000 or more then you will need this licence.

Where you offer betting on both real events and virtual events, you will also be required to hold the general betting (standard) (virtual events) operating licence in addition to this licence.

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

Please see the general betting (host) (real events) and general betting (host (virtual events) licences for further details.

Current application fees

Fee categoryAnnual gross gambling yieldApplication Fee
F1Less than £550,000£2,933
F2£550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£2,933
F3£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million£2,933
G1£5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £15 million£6,452
G2£15 million or greater, up to but excluding £55 million£6,452
H1£55 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million£8,527
I1£110 million or greater, up to but excluding £220 million£14,647
J1£220 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million£17,596
K1£550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion£25,777
L1£1 billion or greater£25,777

Application fees from 1 October 2021

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Application Fee
F1 Less than £550,000 £4,693
F2 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £4,693
F3 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million £4,693
G1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £15 million £10,323
G2 £15 million or greater, up to but excluding £55 million £10,323
H1 £55 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million £13,643
I1 £110 million or greater, up to but excluding £220 million £23,435
J1 £220 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million £28,154
K1 £550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion £41,243
L1 £1 billion or greater £41,243

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 yieldApplication Fee
F1Less than £550,000£3,408
F2£550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£8,666
F3£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million£10,023
G1£5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £15 million£33,119
G2£15 million or greater, up to but excluding £55 million£46,687
H1£55 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million£75,227
I1£110 million or greater, up to but excluding £220 million£137,453
J1£220 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million£281,058
K1£550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion£494,856
L1£1 billion or greater£694,856 plus £200,000 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 £5,282
F2 £550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £13,432
F3 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million £15,536
G1 £5.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £15 million £51,334
G2 £15 million or greater, up to but excluding £55 million £72,365
H1 £55 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million £116,602
I1 £110 million or greater, up to but excluding £220 million £213,052
J1 £220 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million £435,640
K1 £550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion £767,027
L1 £1 billion or greater £1,077,027 plus £200,000 for each complete additional £500 million of annual gross gambling yield above £1 billion

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