What is a Gaming Machines Licence?
One of the commonest types of gambling in the UK is the use of gaming machines in non-gambling premises like pubs, bars and clubs.
If you run a bingo hall, betting shop, adult gaming centre, family entertainment or any of the previously mentioned type of venues and you have a gambling premises licence, you can have gaming machines in your premises. This is in the form of a gaming machines licence.
What is a Gaming Machine?
Gaming machine are what you see in most pubs, arcades and casinos. Commonly referred to as fruit machines or slot machines, these gaming machines provide games of chance where the prizes awarded are in money or tokens that can be exchanged for money or prizes.
A gaming machines licence is not required where the machine in question is based only on a game of skill (e.g. quiz machines), or is an amusement only machine and in either case no money or token is paid out by the machine.
Are some premises exempt from a gaming machines licence?
Not all premises are entitled to apply for a gaming machines licence, this includes such premises as fast-food restaurants or minicab offices. This exemption from a gaming machines licence falls under the Gambling Act 2005, and therefore may not make gambling facilities (including gaming machines) available for use in these type premises.
How to apply for a Gaming Machines Licence
All Gaming Machines Licence applications should be made via the Gambling Commission. The Gambling Commission is an executive non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom responsible for regulating gambling and supervising gaming law in Great Britain.
Operating licence applications take around 16 weeks to process, providing full information is submitted. Applicants will be required to provide an up to date DBS disclosure certificate as part of the application.