Remote Bookmaker's Licence

Overview

If your business involves entering into bets with persons in Ireland by remote means, you must hold a Remote Bookmaker’s Licence. You are also liable to pay Betting Duty

'Remote means' refers to communication by any electronic means, including the internet, telephone and any form of telegraphy, whether wireless or not.

Licensed bookmakers may accept bets by remote means without a Remote Bookmaker’s Licence  in certain circumstances. These are where the total value of remote bets accepted is the lessor of:

  • €250,000
  • or
  • 10% of their annual turnover covered by their Bookmaker’s Licence.

The licensing period is a two year fixed period. The current period is from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2021. The new period begins on 1 July 2021. Licences will expire at the end of the licensing period regardless of the issue date. 

The cost of a first Remote Bookmaker’s Licence is €10,000.

The cost of renewal is based on turnover.

You can make payment all at once, or in two equal instalments. The first payment is due at licence issue. The second payment is due on or before 1 July mid-way through the fixed licensing period.

The National Excise Licence Office will send you a notice before the second payment is due.

Next: First application for a Remote Bookmaker's Licence