DAERA Horse Racing Fund (HRF)

This page is for those who are required to make a payment into the DAERA Horse Racing Fund (HRF) in order to apply for a Bookmaker’s or Bookmaking Office Licences

Bookmaker’s and Bookmaking Office Licences

The Horse Racing (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 states that those individuals wishing to apply for the grant or renewal of a bookmaker’s licence, or a bookmaking office licence, are required to pay into the Horse Racing Fund (HRF). The current rates are:

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

If you have any queries regarding the HRF or paying into the Fund, please contact Farm Policy Branch using the details below:

Horse Racing Fund
Farm Policy Branch
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Room 917
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 3SB
Email: FarmPolicyBranch@daera-ni.gov.uk
Telephone: 028 9052 4875 or 028 9052 4012

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

The Department's previous consultation on the charges on bookmakers is available here:

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

The Department is currently seeking further views on the bookmaking office license charge. The relevant documents are available here:

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