Existing gaming machine permits
If your gaming machine permit (section 34(5E))expires before 31
August 2007 you will need to apply to this licensing authority as
normal. If your application is successful your new permit will be
granted for three years. If your gaming machine permit (section
34(5E))expires on or after 1 September 2007, what you apply for
will depend on how many gaming machines you wish to offer on your
premises as described below.
New gaming machine permits under the Gambling Act 2005
If you offer up to two gaming machines you will have an
automatic entitlement of up to two gaming machines (Category C or D),
subject to a simple notification procedure. You will need to
notify this authority prior to the expiry of your existing permit.
If you offer more than two gaming machines you will need to apply
to this authority for a licensed premises gaming machine
permit. You will need to apply at least two months before the
date on which your existing Section 34 permit expires. For example,
if your permit is due to expire on 2 September 2007 you should
apply under the new Act no later than 2 July 2007.
Permit duration fees
Both the automatic entitlement and licensed premises gaming
machine permit are of unlimited duration. However both will be
subject to pay an annual fee. The only exception is if your
circumstances change, you will need to re-apply. Fees are currently
being calculated and will be on this section soon.
Gaming machine permits (section 34 (5E)) renewed before 31
From 1 September 2007, your existing permit will continue to
have effect as if it were a licensed premises gaming machine permit
issued under the new Act.. You are entitled to offer the same
number of gaming machines that your current permit entitles you to
and you will be required to abide by the Gambling Commission's code
of practice for gaming machines in alcohol licensed
premises.Details can be found on the Gambling Commission's
The maximum stakes and prizes for each gaming machine category
is available on the stake, prize and machine allowances page.
Fees, application forms and guidance
Details of fees, application forms and guidance on how to make
an application is available on the application
Under the Gambling Act 2005 ("the Act") a Licensed Premises
Gaming Machine Permit applies to premises with a Licensing
Act 2003 on-premises alcohol licence that also serve alcohol
without the requirement that it accompanies food. A pub, restaurant
or hotel with a bar will be eligible to apply for this type of
permit, but hotels and restaurants that serve alcohol only with
food will not.
Section 282 of the Act provides an automatic entitlement to make
available two gaming machines (of categories C or
D) for use in alcohol licensed premises. To take advantage of
this entitlement the Premise Licence Holder, under the Licensing
Act 2003, must give notice to us of their intention to make gaming
machines available for use, and must pay the prescribed fee. We may
issue Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permits for any number of
Category C or D machines in licensed premises. Where a Permit
authorises the making available of a specified number of gaming
machines in particular premises, this will effectively replace, and
not be in addition to, any automatic entitlement to two machines as
Permit holders are required to comply with the
Gambling Commission gaming machine permits codes of practice.
Compliance with these provisions is a condition of the Permit, and
failure to do so could result in revocation of the Permit.
For further information and guidance please
contact our licensing team