Gaming machine permit

If you want to have gaming machines on your premises you must apply to the local authority for one of the following:

  • Automatic Entitlement (Licensed Premises only)
  • Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permit
  • Club Gaming Permit
  • Club Machine Permit
  • Family Entertainment Centre Gaming Machine Permit

Automatic Entitlement - allows up to 2 gaming machines of category C and D on licensed premises. There is no application form but you must notify The Clerk to the Licensing Board in writing if you want this and pay a fee. The entitlement is granted indefinitely unless there is a change of circumstances such as a change in ownership (transfer of Premises Licence) if that happens, a further notification must be made.

Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permit - is required for Licensed Premises, that want to have more than 2 category C or D machines. The permit lasts for as long as the premises have a Premises Licence and the holder of the permit continues to hold that licence. Please note that there is an annual fee. Please contact the Licensing Office for an application form.

Club Gaming Permit – a club is a members club or miners’ welfare institute but not commercial clubs. A permit is required for the use of category B or C machines on the premises. The permit lasts for 10 years. Please note that there is an annual fee.

Club Machine Permit – if a club does not wish to have the full range of facilities permitted by a club machine permit or if it is a commercial club it may apply to have gaming machines of categories B4, C and D, up to a total of 3 machines. The permit lasts for 10 years. Please note that there is an annual fee.

Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre - a permit is required for the use of unlimited category D machines. Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres are able to offer only Category D machines. The permit lasts for 10 years.

Gambling Commission website for categories of machines