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Frequently Asked Questions

A person will not be granted a Bookmaker’s Permit if he/she is under the age of 18.

Yes. This may be downloaded from our website at  or by clicking here:   The Form may also be collected from our offices at 78cef Hagley Park Road at the corner of Keesing Avenue, entrance on Keesing Avenue.

The initial cost for obtaining a Permit is Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000.00)

  • A Permit Fee of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000.00) payable to the Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Commission
  • Certified copies of the Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • A statement showing the names and addresses of the directors and secretary of the company and of the persons in accordance with whose directions or instructions the directors are accustomed to act and whether or not such persons are citizens of and resident in Jamaica.
  • A statement showing the authorized capital, the issued capital, the paid up capital and a list of the names, addresses and occupations of the person who are shareholders in the company at the time of the application and whether or not such persons are citizens of and residents in Jamaica.
  • Last audited Financial Statement, or, if not yet available, in-house financial statements.
  • Opening Profit and Loss Account and Balance Sheet.
  • Documentary evidence to substantiate the filing of Income Tax Returns for the company and its directors.
  • Completed Personal Declaration Form and the requisite attachments

Yes. A Performance Bond is required and is calculated as 1.7% of projected sales.

You may do so, however a full review of your application will not be conducted until all documents required are submitted.

Your application is dependent on the receipt of all documents being submitted for review and consideration. Subject to the due diligence investigation, an application for a bookmaker’s permit should be processed within 6 months.

Yes. The Commission shall notify the applicant in writing of the status of the application.

A Bookmaker’s Permit may remain in force for a maximum period of five years from the date of issue and shall be subject to an annual review by the Commission.

As outlined in Section 19 (2) of the Betting Gaming & Lotteries (2010) Amendment Act, you would be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) or, in default of payment thereof, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months.

Yes. A Bookmaker can accept bets on sporting events other than horseracing; however the rules governing the sporting events that the bookmaker intends to accept wagering on MUST be approved by the Commission prior to the bookmaker accepting bets on such event(s).

A prize competition is one where success does not depend to a great degree on the exercise of skill, judgment or knowledge by the participants and which an entrance fee, stake contribution or subscription is payable.There are two (2) types of prize competitions that are governed by the Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Act (BGLA), these are competitions in which the prizes are offered for the forecast of the result of either:

  1. a future event; or
  2. a past event, the result of which is not yet ascertained or not yet generally known.