Gambling Act 2005

Gaming machines at licensed premises

Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permit Guidance Notes

If you have a premises licensed under the Licensing Act 2003 to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises, without the requirement that the sale of alcohol accompanies food, you can apply to operate gaming machines at your premises. 

A pub, restaurant or hotel with a bar is eligible to apply, but hotels and restaurants that serve alcohol only with food are not.

Section 282 of the Gambling Act 2005 gives you an automatic entitlement to have two gaming machines (of Category C or D). The Holder of the Premises Licence must give notice to the Licensing Authority of their intention to make gaming machines available, and must pay a fee of £50.00 (cheque payable to 'Borough of Pendle').

A Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permit authorises the use of three or more Category C or D machines in licensed premises. This Permit replaces, and is not in addition to, any automatic entitlement of two machines.  There is a fee of £100.00, with the first annual fee of £50.00 payable within 30 days of the date of issue of the Permit and subsequent annual fees payable on the anniversary of the date of issue of the original Permit (cheques are payable to 'Borough of Pendle').    

You must comply with the Gambling Commission Gaming Machine Permits Code of Practice. This is a condition of the authorisation and failure to do so could result in revocation of the authorisation.