North East Lincolnshire Council

Gaming machines

Pubs

Places 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 using the form below. There is also a one off fee of £50.

If a licensee wants to have more than two gaming machines, a ‘licensed premises gaming machine permit’ will be needed. 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’ club or miners’ welfare institutes

Non-commercial clubs such as these may apply for a ‘club machine permit’ to give 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 ‘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.

Please find below a summary of the machine categories under the Gambling Act 2005:

  • A – Maximum Stake: unlimited, Maximum Prize: unlimited
  • B1 – Maximum Stake: £5, Maximum Prize: £10,000
  • B2 – Maximum Stake: £100, Maximum Prize: £500
  • B3 – Maximum Stake: £2, Maximum Prize: £500
  • B3A – Maximum Stake: £2, Maximum Prize: £500
  • B4 – Maximum Stake: £2, Maximum Prize: £400
  • C – Maximum Stake: £1, Maximum Prize: £100
  • D – Non-money prize (other than a crane grab machine) – Maximum Stake: 30p, Maximum Prize: £8
  • D – Non-money prize (crane grab machine) – Maximum Stake: £1, Maximum Prize: £50
  • D – Money prize – Maximum Stake: 10p, Maximum Prize: £5
  • D – Combined money and non-money prize (other than a coin pusher or penny falls machine) – Maximum Stake: 10p, Maximum Prize: £8 (of which no more than £5 may be a money prize)
  • D – Combined money and non-money prize (coin pusher or penny falls machine) – Maximum Stake: 20p, Maximum Prize: £20 (of which no more than £10 may be a money prize)

All machines other than those in category D may only be made available to those over the age of 18.

Gaming Machine Fees

Application Application Fee Maintenance Fee
Notification of up to two machines £50 None
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 £100 N/A
Renewal of club machine permit £200 N/A
Renewal of club machine permit (holder of club premises certificate) £100 N/A
Copy of permit £15 N/A

The statutory code of practice on gaming in clubs and alcohol licensed premises is available from the gambling commission website.

To apply for a gaming machine licence, please use the forms in related documents section of this page.

Certified copy – you must request in writing and a cheque or postal order for £10.50 (made payable to North East Lincolnshire Council)

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)

Notification of two or less gaming machines (Word document)

Club machine permit application (Word document)

Licensing Team, Doughty Road Depot, Doughty Road, Grimsby, DN32 0LL

Email: licensing@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 326299 option 2

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm except bank holidays