Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre Gaming Machine Permits
In accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 premises which are mainly used for people to play on gaming machines, such as small arcades in holiday parks, theme parks and seaside resorts are required to hold a Family Entertainment Centre (FEC) gaming machine permit.
Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres provide category D machines for use by families and unaccompanied children.
These permits will have effect for 10 years when they should be renewed and there is no annual fee to be paid.
If the operator of a Family Entertainment Centre wants to make Category C machines available, in addition to category D machines, then they need to apply for an Operating Licence from the Gambling Commission and then a Premises Licence from the Licensing Authority (Birmingham City Council). This means that holders of Premises Licences issued under the Gambling Act may not apply for Family Entertainment Centre gaming machine permits.
The Birmingham City Council Application Forms are attached at the bottom of this page.
Once you have completed the relevant application form it can be submitted to the Licensing Section by a variety of means:
By Email - Completed applications can be submitted electronically by attaching the completed form and any associated supporting documents to the email@example.com email address.
(Please note that electronic applications submitted by email can only be accepted if there is a scanned signature on the application form).
On receipt of your application by email a Licensing Officer will contact the applicant to acquire payment of the appropriate fee via a debit or credit card.
By Post - Send completed applications to the address as indicated on our contact us page.
Postal applications must be accompanied by a cheque or postal order for the appropriate fee (see - Fees & Charges Schedule) and made payable to 'Birmingham City Council'.
In Person - applications can be submitted in person at the address and during the times shown on our contact us page.
Please check the Fees & Charges Schedule page for details of the cost of your application.
Our target for dealing with applications is 28 days. However all applications should be determined within 60 days of receipt of all the information necessary to determine the application.
Further information can be found on the Gambling Commission website.
For further advice and guidance please contact the General Licensing Team - see contact us page.
We retain details of Club Gaming Permits and Club Machine Permits which have been granted, for further information contact the General Licensing Team - see contact us page or browse our online Public Register.