Applications for permits can only be made by the holder of the premises licence for the premises to which the application relates. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
Applicants should read the 'licensed premises gaming machine permits and notifications' section of our Statement of Principles, for further information on our expectations of permit holders.
Licensed premises gaming machine permit application form (PDF 112KB)
The completed application form should be sent to us, together with payment of the appropriate fee.
In the application form, you will be asked how many machines you wish to make available, and of what categories (C or D). We will look at your application carefully, and may refuse the application (or grant it for a lower number of machines) if we think that you are applying for an excessive number of machines.
If we have concerns about your application, we will advise you of this and give you an opportunity to make representations. After considering any representations you make, a decision will be made to either grant your application, to grant a smaller number of machines or a different category than had been sought, or to refuse your application outright.
Where applications are refused or granted for a different number of machines than requested, there will be a right of appeal to the magistrates' court, within 21 days of notification of the refusal.
No conditions can be attached to a permit, other than the statutory condition requiring that the holder complies with the code of practice.
Maintenance of licensed premises gaming machine permits
Licensed premises gaming machine permits are valid for an unlimited duration but they will lapse if the holder ceases to hold the alcohol licence, or if the alcohol licence itself lapses.
An annual fee (currently £50) is payable for all licensed premises gaming machine permits. The first fee is due 30 days after the permit is granted and then on the anniversary of the grant. Permits may be revoked if the annual fee is not paid.
The original permit must be kept on the premises to which it relates, and produced for inspection if requested by a police officer, a Gambling Commission enforcement officer or an authorised council officer. If lost, stolen or damaged, a duplicate permit can be obtained from us, but a fee will be payable for this. It will also be necessary to report lost or stolen permits to the police.
If a different person takes over the running of the premises and has the alcohol licence transferred to them, the permit must also be transferred to the new licence-holder. The same application form available above can be used for this.
The permit can be varied to change the number or category of machines authorised. A variation application can be made using the same form available above.
Permits can be surrendered if no longer required, by returning the original permit to us with a covering note.
We may revoke a permit if it is believed that:
- gaming has taken place on premises in breach of a permit
- the premises are mainly used used for making gaming machines available
- allowing the permit to continue to have effect would not be consistent with the licensing objectives
- a gambling-related offence has been committed on the premises.