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Club Gaming Permits and Club Machine Permits

The following information is relevant to:-

  • Holders of Part 2 and Part 3 registration under the Gaming Act 1968
  • Holders of Club Premises Certificates under the Licensing Act 2003
  • Persons who are considering setting up a club and also offering gaming or gaming machines to members of that club

There are two kinds of club permits under the Gambling Act 2005; Club Gaming Permits and Club Machine Permits:

Club Gaming Permit:
Club gaming permits may be granted to members' clubs and miners' welfare institutes (but not commercial clubs), to authorise the use of up to 3 category B3A, B4, C or D gaming machines (3 machines in total), as well as equal chance gaming and games of chance as prescribed in the regulations.

From 1 September 2007 holders of a Part II registration under the Gaming Act 1968 will be treated as if they hold a club gaming permit under the Gambling Act 2005. You will need to apply for a permit under the Gambling Act 2005 before your existing registration under the 1968 Act is due to expire.

The permit will have effect for 10 years and may then be renewed. There is an annual fee of £50.

Club Machine Permit:
If a club does not wish to have a club gaming permit or if they are a commercial club not permitted to provide non-machine gaming, they may apply for a club machine permit. This authorises the use of up to three category B4, C or D gaming machines (3 machines in total).

From 1 September 2007 holders of a Part III registration under the Gaming Act 1968 will be treated as if they hold a club machine permit under the Gambling Act 2005. You will need to apply for a permit under the Gambling Act 2005 before your existing registration under the Gaming Act 1968 is due to expire.

The permit will have effect for 10 years and may then be renewed. There is an annual fee of £50.

Holders of club gaming permits or club machine permits should have regard to the Code of Practice issued by the Gambling Commission. The Code of Practice makes reference to conditions for the location and operation of machines and also best practice for self exclusion and for access to gambling by children and young persons.

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,
Aston,
Birmingham
B6 5RQ

Telephone number: 0121 303 9896
e-mail: licensing@birmingham.gov.uk