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Gaming machines in licensed premises

Two or fewer gaming machines

If you have a premises licence (under the Licensing Act 2003), you have an automatic entitlement to place up to two machines in that premises once you have applied to us and met the following criteria:

  • the premises are licensed to supply alcohol
  • the premises contains a bar
  • the premises licence does not have restrictions limiting the supply of alcohol to customer having meals

The machines must be from either Category C or D and the permit will only be issued to the holder of the premises licence. If the licence lapses or is transferred then the new licence holder will have to apply for a new notification.

The gaming machines can only be played during the hours specified on the premises licence and not during any temporary extensions of the premises licence.

Applying

Complete the word icon notification form [132kb] and pay the fee of £50.

There is no annual fee.

Further information on Gambling Commission website.

More than two gaming machines

If you hold a premises licence (under the Licensing Act 2003) you can apply for the premises to have more than two gaming machines. The machines must be either Category C or D.

Applying

Complete a word icon gaming machine permit applications [132kb] and pay the fee of £150.

If the permit is granted then an annual fee of £50 is payable within 30 days of the permit being issued and every year on the same date. The permit will be revoked if the annual fee is not paid.

The permit must be kept on the premises and produced if requested by an authorised officer of Reading Borough Council, Thames Valley Police or the Gambling Commission.

If the holder of the premises licence changes then the new premises holder must apply for a transfer of the gaming machine permit, using the normal application form. The transfer fee is £25. There is also a fee of £25 if the permit is lost or stolen.

If the holder of the premises licence wants to vary the permit they will have to complete the above form and pay a fee of £100.

Club gaming permits

These permits allow for three gaming machine. Each machine must be from Category B3A, B4, C or D (only one can be from Category B3A).

The permit also allows for equal chance gaming (for example, poker) and for games of chance such as pontoon. Commercial clubs cannot apply for this permit, however they can apply for a club machine permit.

Applying

Complete the word icon club gaming application form [185kb] and pay the £200 fee.

If the permit is granted then an annual fee of £50 is payable within 30 days of the permit being issued and every year on the same date. The permit will be revoked if the annual fee is not paid.  

The permit is non-transferable and valid for ten years. If lost a fee of £25 is payable.

The permit will be withdrawn if the premises ceases to be a club.

Club Machine Permits

These permits allow any members club, including commercial clubs, to have up to three gaming machines. The machines must be from Category B3A, B4, C or D (only one can be from Category B3A)

Applying

Complete the word icon club machine application form [185kb]

If granted the annual fee is £50. The permit is non-transferable.

 

Further information on the licensing of gaming machines in licensed premises can be found on the Gambling Commission website.

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