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Are you Ready to Apply For or Renew Your Remote Betting Licence?
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This document contains a general summary of developments and is not a complete or definitive statement of the law. Specific legal advice should be obtained where appropriate.
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 steps
particular to first-time applicants are shaded green.
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)
Step 1: Identify at least two Written confirmation from
Relevant Officers and obtain the police authorities in the
police conduct certificates Relevant Officer's country
for each Relevant Officer of residence that he/she has
Under the Irish Betting Acts, a "Relevant Officer" is:
a person who exercises control in relation to the Corporate Applicant within the meaning of
not been convicted of any relevant offences in that jurisdiction (the form of certificate / confirmation can vary as between police forces).
sections 11 or 432 of the
Taxes Consolidation Act;
Now (obtaining the police conduct certificates can take some time so this should be actioned as priority)
a member (including the chair) of the applicant or the board of directors; or
the managing director or CEO.
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ACTION TO BE COMPLETED
Step 2: Apply to Revenue Commissioners for a Tax Reference Number for the Corporate Applicant
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED (IF ANY) Tax Registration Form
TIMING 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
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.
Relevant Officers: Application via Revenue Online Service or if non-resident, by Form TC1
Corporate Applicant: Application via Revenue Online Service
Each Relevant Officer must publish newspaper notices in two daily national newspapers declaring their intention to apply for a COPF.
COPF Application Form
Auditors' Certificate for the previous 3 reporting years for which the Corporate Applicant is legally obliged to submit accounts, and detailed accounts for the same period
Certified copies of other remote bookmakers' licences issued in Ireland and the EU.
Originals of the Relevant Officers' newspaper notices.
Licence Application Form
Tax Clearance Certificates (for Corporate Applicant and Relevant Officers)
COPFs for Relevant Officers
Payment may be arranged over the Revenue Online Service (ROS).
For x2 Relevant Officers, now. For Corporate Applicant, as soon as the
tax reference number issues.
Not before 9 May and not after 5 June 2019. This timing is important as it triggers the beginning of the formal application process. Between 14 30 days after the
newspaper ads are published (as required by law). Note: COPFs only remain valid for 21 days from the date of issue and must be valid on the date of the grant of the licence (i.e. 1 July 2019).
Estimated timing: Week beginning 17 June 2019 not later than 21 days after issue of COPF
Licence to issue: The licence will be effective as of 1 July 2019 as day 1 of new licence period. The licence will be effective as of 1 July 2019 as day 1 of new licence period.
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