Gaming and Gaming Machines in Clubs and Alcohol Licensed Premises
Last updated: 28/12/2012
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Members' Clubs and Miners' Welfare Institutes may apply for club
gaming permits or club machine permits. Club gaming permits
allow the provision of gaming machines, equal chance gaming and
games of chance.
If a club does not wish to provide the full range of facilities
permitted by a club gaming permit, they may apply for a club
machine permit. A club machine permit allows up to three
machines in total of categories B4, C or D. Club gaming and
club machine permits have effect for 10 years.
Alcohol licensed premises (pubs for example) have
an automatic entitlement to make available up to two gaming
machines of Category C or D.
To take advantage of this entitlement the person who holds the
premises licence must give notice to the licensing authority of
their intention to make gaming machines available and pay a fee of
The licensing authority must accept the notification but can
remove the particular automatic authorisations if:
(a) the provision of the machine is not consistent with the
(b) gaming has taken place on the premises that breaches a
condition of Section 282 of the Act;
(c) the premises are mainly used for gaming;
(d) an offence under the Gambling Act 2005 has been committed on
The licensing authority must give 21 days' notice of its
intention to make such an order and must consider any
representations. If the licensee requests it, the licensing
authority must hold a hearing. The notice of determination will
come into effect 21 days after the determination is made. Appeal is
to a Magistrates Court.
If the licence holder wishes to provide more than two gaming
machines on their alcohol licensed premises, they can apply for a
gaming machine permit. The licensee can apply for any number
of machines, however the licensing authority may vary the number
and category of machines permitted.
Please click on the links below to download application
Two factsheets are available to download by clicking on the
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