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Permits

Information about gaming machines for members clubs

Members clubs

Members clubs who wish to provide gaming machines and/or gaming for members may apply for either a Club Gaming Permit or Club Gaming Machine Permit.

A Family Entertainment Centre Permit may be issued for arcades which only provide the lower pay-out gaming machines (Category D).

A Prize Gaming Permit allows low-level gaming for modest prizes and participation fees.

Members clubs who wish to provide higher pay-out gaming machines and/or gaming for their members may apply for either a Club Gaming Permit or Club Gaming Machine Permit.

Club Gaming Permit

A Club Gaming Permit is a permit issued by us that may be granted to members clubs. It allows the club to offer three gaming machines of Category ‘B4’, ‘C’ or ‘D’ and offer unlimited equal chance gaming.

To apply please complete our Club Gaming Permit application form.

Club Gaming Machine Permit

A club gaming machine permit is a permit issued by us that may be granted to members clubs and commercial clubs. It allows the club to offer three gaming machines of Category ‘B4’, ‘C’ or ‘D’ although there are restrictions on stakes and prizes for equal chance gaming.

To apply please complete our Club Gaming Machine Permit application form.

Family Entertainment Centre Permit

A Family Entertainment Centre Permit is also known as an ‘unlicensed family entertainment centre’. It's a permit issued by us for arcades which only provide the lower pay-out gaming machines (Category D). Because only the lower pay-out machines are allowed, there are no restrictions on children using the arcade. 

To apply, please complete our Family Entertainment Centre Permit application form.

A Prize Gaming Permit

A Prize Gaming Permit is a permit issued by us that allows gaming with prizes (for example, bingo). In this regard the ‘prize’ is determined before play commences. It is not reliant on the number of people playing or the amount paid to play. 

Holders of premises licences for adult gaming centres (AGC) or family entertainment centres (FEC) may offer prize gaming without a prize gaming permit. 

Fees to take part must not exceed £1 for any one chance to win a prize in a game. The maximum aggregate fees for a game must not exceed £500. For example, if people pay a £1 to play no more than 500 people may take part.