Under the Gambling Act 2005, the council issues permits for lower risk gambling activities, such as gaming machines in pubs, clubs and other non-gambling premises.
There is an automatic entitlement to two gaming machines of category C* or D*, subject to notifying the Licensing Authority and paying the prescribed fee of £50.
(Transfer or change of name on the Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003 requires further notification to be made)
Applications can also be made for those premises that require more than two machines.
Number of machines
There are no restrictions although historically licensing justices have imposed limits, and this authority will be conveyed to the licensing authority. No hearing will be required for up to four machines, but a hearing will be required for more than four.
Family entertainment centres
For those centres that make available only category D* machines no operating licence is required. What is required is a gaming machine permit.
Those clubs that hold a club gaming permit or club machine permit may make available for on premises operated by a members’ club or a commercial club, up to three machines of category B*, C* or D* (three machines in total).
As well as clubs with alcohol licences, premises that are not licensed to sell alcohol, for example works premises, which operate membership based social clubs, are able to apply for a club gaming permit. They need to have 25 members, be permanently established and be for the benefit of the members.
Regulations state that category B machines for club machines permits are restricted to sub category B3A* or B4* machines, depending of the class of club.
Commercial clubs are restricted to B4* machines whereas members’ clubs may site sub category B3A* machines.
Duration of permit is 10 years with an annual fee of £50.
We recommend attaching a plan to applications indicating where and what type of gambling machines are to be provided. This plan may take the form of an amendment to the plan attached to the premises licence issued under the Licensing Act 2003.