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Licence - Gaming Machines

A gaming machine licence is required in respect of premises providing amusements with prizes by way of machines.

The issue of gaming machine licences is now controlled by the Gambling Act 2005. Only premises licensed to sell alcohol or licensed as entertainment centres are permitted to have machines.

Notification of 2 or Less Gaming Machines

The holder of a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003, has an automatic entitlement to a maximum of 2 gaming machines (each of which may be category C or D) for use on the premises. The licence holder must notify the Licensing Authority and a notification fee of £50.00 is payable. There is no annual fee.

You can make a gaming machine notification by printing and completing the form under Related Downloads on this page and returning it to us at the above address. Alternatively, for a hard copy or if you need more information please contact us.

Application for More Than 2 Gaming Machines

A premises licence holder may apply for more than 2 gaming machines of category C or D to be available for use on the premises. Once granted the licence is subject to an annual fee. The fee for the initial application is £150 and the annual fee is £50.00

The location and supervision of the machines is taken into account when granting the licence. For further information please see the code of practice published by The Gambling Commission (opens new window).

To make an application for more than 2 gaming machines please print and complete the form under Related Downloads  on this page then return it to us on the address above. If you require a hard copy of the application form or would like further advice please contact us.