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:

"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 to view here:

The Horse Racing (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 

Current Rates

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

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

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

Horse Racing (Charges on Bookmakers) Order (Northern Ireland) 2010

Contact Details

If you have any queries regarding the HRF or paying into the Fund, please contact Agri-Food Policy Branch 1 using the details below:

Horse Racing Fund
Farm Policy Branch
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Room 917
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Ballymiscaw
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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