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Gambling and gaming machines


Gaming machines

Pubs

Establishments with a premises licence authorising the sale of alcohol are automatically entitled to a maximum of two gaming machines (each of which may be category C or D) without the need for a permit or licence.

The licence holder will need to notify the council of the intention to provide these machines and pay the one off £50 fee.

You will need a licensed premises gaming machine permit if you intend to use more than two gaming machines. There is no limit on the number of gaming machines that an alcohol licensed premise may apply for, but the council can restrict the number of gaming machines on individual premises.

Members clubs

Members only clubs may apply for a club machine permit to provide a maximum of three machines in categories B3A, B4, C and D (only one B3A allowed on each premise).

Commercial clubs

Commercial clubs are able to apply for a club machine permit for a maximum of three machines in categories B4, C or D.

Machines permitted in gambling licensed premises:

  • Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres – Family entertainment centres (with a permit issued by the council) are allowed to have an unlimited number of category D machines.
  • Family entertainment centres (gambling premises licence) -These premises are allowed an unlimited number of Category C or D machines. However, category C machines must not be made available to those under 18 years of age.
  • Adult gaming centres – These premises are able to have an unlimited number of category C or D machines but only four category B3 or B4 machines.
  • Bingo premises – These premises are able to have an unlimited number of category C or D machines but only eight category B3 or B4 machines.
  • Betting premises – Betting premises may have a maximum of 4 machines in categories B2 to D (not B3A)
  • Travelling fairs – There is no limit on category D machines for travelling fairs.
  • Takeaways and taxi offices – These premises are not permitted to have any gaming machines on the premises.

Machine categories

CategoryMaximum stakeMaximum prize
AUnlimitedUnlimited
B1£5£10,000
B2£100£500
B3£2£500
B3a£2£500
B4£2£400
C£1£100
D – Non-money price (other than a crane grab machine)30p£8
D – Non-money prize (crane grab machine)£1£50
D – Money price10p£5
D – Combined money prize and non-money prize10p£8 (no more than £5 may be a money price)
D – Combined money prize and non-money prize (coin pusher or penny falls machine)20p£20 (no more than £10 may be a money prize)

Fees

ApplicationApplication FeeMaintenance Fee
Notification of up to two machines£50None
Notification of more than two machines£150£50
Club machine permit£200£50
Club machine permit (holders of club premises certificate)£100£50
Club machine permit for existing operator£100£50
Variation of club machine permit£100N/A
Renewal of club machine permit£200N/A
Renewal of club machine permit (holder of club premises certificate)£100N/A
Copy of permit£15N/A

Gaming machines application for licensed premises – This includes notifications of up to two machines and applications for new, variations and transfers of existing permits

Gaming machine application form (Word document)

Poker tournaments

If you’d like to offer poker at your premises, you must following these legal guidelines.

  • No charge or entry fee may be made for participating in pub poker and no deductions may be made from the stakes or prizes. This rule also applies to independent organisers of tournaments at your premises.
  • A limited amount of low stakes, social poker may be played in licensed premises. There is a stakes limit of £5 per person per day and £100 per premises per day. The maximum prize for a game of poker is also £100.
  • The gambling act prohibits linked gaming, so licensees should not host events where players are competing against players in other licensed premises for a prize.
  • Poker may be played at non-commercial events. For example, a charity casino night where poker and equal chance gaming were provided could be organized to raise funds for charity.

Contact details

Licensing, Doughty road depot, Doughty road, North East Lincolnshire, DN32 0LL

Email: licensing@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 326299 option 2

Opening times: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm, except bank holidays