A gaming machine permit is required in respect of premises providing amusements with prizes by way of machines.
The most common types of gaming machines are those referred to as 'fruit machines' and 'one-armed bandits' which make small payments. Typically these machines will be found in amusement arcades, motorway service stations, as well as pubs and clubs.
These permits are now included under the Gambling Act 2005 and applications need to be made to the Licensing Authority.
A licence is not required where a machine is based only on a game of skill (e.g. quiz machines), or is an amusement only machine and, in either case, no money or token is paid out by the machine.
Applications for a permit
The council is able to give preliminary advice about the types of premises where they will allow gaming machines and will, if required, send out the appropriate advisory literature.
For further information and to view our policy for permits then please see the Gambling Act 2005 page.
Alcohol-licensed premises Automatic entitlement
The licensing authority must be notified that you wish to use the automatic entitlement.
There will be a one off fee of £50 when you submit your notification
Licensed premises gaming machine permit
For more than two gaming machine (Type C or D) you will need a gaming machine permit.
There is an application fee of £100 for operators who have an existing section 34 permit (£150 for those who do not).
There is an annual fee. The first annual fee of £50 is to be paid within 30 days of the date your permit takes effect. After that the annual fee will be paid yearly
Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres
Prize gaming is gaming where the nature and size of the prize available is not determined by either:
Prize gaming permits can be issued by licensing authorities. These permits are for premises the do not already have an existing premises licence or a club gaming permit.
Club gaming permit
Club machine permit