Are you Ready to Apply For or Renew Your Remote Betting Licence?
All businesses that enable remote betting with customers located in Ireland must hold a Remote Bookmaker’s Licence (a “Licence”). The current licensing period ends on 30 June 2019, meaning that all Licences will expire at this point regardless of when they were issued.
Any remote bookmakers or remote betting intermediaries who require a Licence should begin the process soon to ensure that they receive their Licence on time. This update highlights the steps you need to take if you are a first-time or returning corporate applicant.
Please contact any member of our betting and gaming team if you would like assistance with the process.
|Overview of Application Process|
|Action to be completed||Documents required (if any)||Timing|
|Step 1: Identify at least two Relevant Officers and obtain police conduct certificates for each Relevant Officer
Under the Irish Betting Acts, a “Relevant Officer” is:
|Written confirmation from the police authorities in the Relevant Officer’s country of residence that he/she has not been convicted of any relevant offences in that jurisdiction (the form of certificate / confirmation can vary as between police forces).||Now (obtaining the police conduct certificates can take some time so this should be actioned as priority)|
|Step 2: Apply to Revenue Commissioners for a Tax Reference Number for the Corporate Applicant||Tax Registration Form||Now (as a priority)|
|Step 3: Obtain tax clearance certificates for each of: (1) Corporate Applicant; and (2) each of the two Relevant Officers||
|Step 4: Placing of Newspaper Notices||Each Relevant Officer must publish newspaper notices in two daily national newspapers declaring their intention to apply for a COPF.||Not before 9 May and not after 5 June 2019. This timing is important as it triggers the beginning of the formal application process.|
|Step 5: Application to Dept. of Justice for Certificates of Personal Fitness||
|Step 6: Submission of Licence Application Form (together with supporting documents)
Step 7: Payment of Licence Fee
€10,000 for new licences.
The cost of a renewal is based on turnover.