Bookmaker Categories

For the purpose of collecting the Levy, operating licence holders are divided into five Categories as follows: 

• Exempt 
A operating licence holder who has not carried on British Horserace Betting business at any time in the period 1 April to 31 March.


• Category 1
A Bookmaker who carries on any one or more of the following Betting Activities and does not fall within Category 2, Category 3 or Category 4 (listed below):

- British Horserace Betting Business giving rise to Cash Turnover.

- British Horserace Betting Business giving rise to Telephone and/or Internet Turnover.

- British Horserace Betting Business on Horse Racecourses (other than standing only at point-to-point and/or harness-racing and/or trotting events), where carried on in conjunction with any other Betting Activities.

- British Horserace Betting Business by operating as a Betting Exchange, where carried on in conjunction with any other Betting Activity or Betting Activities (except where the only other Betting Activity is operating as a Bet-broker.

- British Horserace Betting Business by operating as a Bet-broker, where carried on in conjunction with any other Betting Activity or Betting Activities (except where the only other Betting Activity is operating as a Betting Exchange.

- British Horserace Betting Business giving rise to Spread Betting Turnover, where carried on in conjunction with any other Betting Activity or Betting Activities.

- British Horserace Betting Business not within the Betting Activities listed above (other than standing only at point-to-point and/or harness racing and/or trotting events).


• Category 2
A bookmaker who carries on either of the following Betting Activities (and no other Betting Activity):

- British Horserace Betting Business on Horse Racecourses only (other than standing only at point-to-point and/or harness racing and/or trotting events), whether or not such business is carried on at a Racecourse Betting Office.

- British Horserace Betting Business only at point-to-point and/or harness racing and/or trotting events.

• Category 3
A bookmaker who carries on either or both of the following Betting Activities (and no other Betting Activity):

- British Horserace Betting Business by operating as a Betting Exchange.

- British Horserace Betting Business by operating as a Bet-broker.


• Category 4
A bookmaker who carries on a British Horserace Betting Business giving rise to Spread Betting Turnover.

Last Updated: 25 June 2015