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Gambling Permits

Permits are issued to premises that either offer very low-stakes and prize gambling or premises whose primary function is not the provision of gambling facilities. Premises eligible to apply to licensing authorities for permits are:

  • Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres
  • Alcohol Licensed Premises (under the Licensing Act 2003)
  • Clubs (commercial and non commercial)
  • Premises offering commercial prize gambling

Birmingham City Council issues the following types of permit and the relevant application forms and official notices can be found on the respective web page. These are provided in both MS Word format and as PDF documents.

Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre Gaming Machine Permits
Prize Gaming Permits
Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permits
Club Gaming Permits and Club Machine Permits

There are no annual fees for Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre permits and Prize Gaming permits. Alcohol Licensed Premises and Club Gaming/Machine permits require payment of an annual fee and the charges for these are set out on the respective web pages for these permits.

The Gambling Commission website has further information on Gaming Permits and/or you can contact the Licensing Section at:

Licensing Section,
Crystal Court,
Aston Cross Business Village,
50 Rocky Lane,
B6 5RQ
Telephone number: 0121 303 9896
e-mail: licensing@birmingham.gov.uk