Under the Gambling Act 2005, all types of gaming machines now fall under the Council’s control. They fall into categories depending on limits on the stake laid down and prizes available:

Machine category

Maximum stake

Maximum prize

A

Unlimited

Unlimited

B1

£2

£4,000

B2

£100 (in multiples of £10)

£500

B3

£1

£500

B3A

£1

£500

B4

£1

£250

C

50p

£35

D*

10p/30p*

£5/£8*

* Category D machines with a 10p stake are entitled to offer prizes of up to £5 in cash, or up to £5 in cash and £3 in non-monetary prizes. Category D machines with a 30p stake can offer £8 in non-monetary prizes only.

Adult gaming centres, family entertainment centres (licensed and unlicensed), casino, betting, and bingo operators are entitled to offer a set number of gaming machines of certain categories, depending on their premises.

Games of skill such as quiz machines and amusement only machines such as ‘space invaders’ do not require a permit under the new act.

Licence application forms and notes

Notification of 2 or less Gaming Machines or Gaming Machine Permit Applications (i.e. for greater than 2 machines) for: Conversion/New/Variation/Transfer [PDF 95kb]

Application for the Conversion or New Grant/Change of Name of an Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre Gaming Machine Permit (For use by Occupiers/Proposed Occupiers of Premises intended to be used by the Applicant as Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres) [PDF 107kb]

Legislation

  • Gaming Act 2005

Return your application form(s) to:

Licensing Team
2nd Floor Bartholomew House
Bartholomew Square
Brighton
BN1 1JP

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