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Remote society lottery licence

Society lotteries can only be run for good causes and cannot be run for private or commercial gain. Local authorities can promote a lottery to raise funds to spend on anything where they have power to incur expenditure.

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)

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

Depending on the category of licence you apply for, this lets you run a lottery with proceeds of up to £5 million for a single draw and aggregate proceeds of £50 million in a year (pro-rata limit of £31,311,475 in 2020).

Current application fees

Fee categoryAnnual proceedsApplication Fee
F1Up to £100,000£147
G1£100k - £500k£220
H1£500k or greater£293

Application fees from 1 October 2021

Fee category Annual proceeds Application Fee
F1 Less than £100,000 £235
G1 £100,000 or greater, up to but excluding £500,000 £352
H1 £500,000 or greater, up to but excluding £10 million £469
I1 New £10 million or greater, up to but excluding £20 million £1,340
J1 New £20 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million £2,233
K1 New £30 million or greater £3,572

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
F1Up to £100,000£348
G1£100k - £500k£692
H1£500k or greater£1,458

Annual fees from 1 October 2021

Fee category Annual proceeds Annual Fee
F1 Less than £100,000 £400
G1 £100,000 or greater, up to but excluding £500,000 £796
H1 £500,000 or greater, up to but excluding £10 million £1,677
I1 New £10 million or greater, up to but excluding £20 million £3,350
J1 New £20 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million £5,025
K1 New £30 million or greater £8,350

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