DAERA Horse Racing Fund (HRF)

The information below provides details about paying into the Horse Racing Fund (HRF).

Bookmaker’s Licence and Bookmaking Office Licence

The Horse Racing (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 states:

"(1) There shall be paid to the Department for the benefit of the Fund—

(a) by every person, other than a person to whom sub-paragraph (b) applies, who intends to apply under Article 8 or Article 16 of the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985(1) for the grant or renewal of a bookmaker’s licence; and

(b) by every person who intends to apply under Article 12 or Article 18 of that Order of 1985 for the grant or renewal of a bookmaking office licence or under Article 14 of that Order of 1985 to have the provisional grant of a bookmaking office licence declared final in respect of each office licence,

a charge of such amount as the Department, with the approval of the Department of Finance and Personnel and after consultation with such organisations as appear to the Department to substantially represent the interests of bookmakers, may specify by order made subject to affirmative resolution.

(2) The Department shall issue a receipt to every person who pays a charge under paragraph (1)."

The Horse Racing (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 is available here:

The Horse Racing (Charges on Bookmakers) Order (Northern Ireland) 2010 is available here:

Current rates

The current rates are detailed in the Horse Racing (Charges on Bookmakers) Order (Northern Ireland) 2010:

Licence type Rate
Bookmaker’s Licence £99
Bookmaking Office Licence £1,123

Payment for all licences may be made in cash or by cheque.  All cheques should be made payable to DEARA Horse Racing Fund.

Contact details

If you have any queries regarding the HRF or paying into the Fund, please contact:

Horse Racing Fund (HRF)
Agri-Food Policy Branch 1
DAERA
Room 917, Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Ballymiscaw
Belfast, BT4 3SB
Email: FarmPolicyBranch@daera-ni.gov.uk
Telephone: 028 9052 4875

Public consultation on the Horse Racing (Charges on Bookmakers) Order (NI) 2016

A public consultation on the future rate for charges on bookmakers in Northern Ireland was conducted from 2015 to 2016.  Information about this consultation is available here: 

Further engagement on the Horse Racing (Charges on Bookmakers) Order

Details on further engagement is available here:

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