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Gambling permits

What are permits for?

We offer permits to premises that provide very low stakes and prize gambling or whose primary function is not the provision of gambling premises.

The only premises eligible to apply for permits are:

  • unlicensed family entertainment centres
  • alcohol licensed premises (under the Licensing Act 2003)
  • clubs (commercial and non-commercial)
  • premises who want to offer commercial prize-gaming

We, as licensing authority will issue permits for:

  • family entertainment centre gaming machines
  • prize gaming
  • licensed premises gaming machines
  • club gaming
  • club machines

How are permits different to premises licences?

There are several key differences between permits and premises licences:

  • permit applicants/holders are not required to have operating licences (issued by the Gambling Commission)
  • there are no responsible authorities or interested parties
  • as licensing authority we can only grant or reject permits and can't attach conditions
  • permits are of limited duration (unless they relate to alcohol licensed premises)

Our role as licensing authority

As licensing authority we:

  • will determine applications from premises in North Tyneside
  • have stipulated the form and manner of some permits and any additional information we require
  • will be responsible for the maintenance of permits after they are issued

Unlicensed family entertainment centre gaming machines (unlicensed FEC)

The permit allows an unlimited amount of category D machines (maximum stake 10p or 30p when non monetary) and lasts for 10 years. There is no annual fee.

Children have free access to unlicensed FECs and will be allowed access to the machines licensed under this permit.

The requirements are:

  • an application form
  • a fee
  • a plan of premises
  • a public liability insurance certificate

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Prize gaming

The permit does not authorise the use of any gaming machines.

Holders of certain permissions under the Act (bingo halls, adult gaming centres, licensed family entertainment centres and holders family entertainment centre gaming) are automatically entitled to offer prize gaming without the need of a prize gaming permit.

A permit lasts for 10 years. There is no annual fee.

The requirements are:

  • an application form
  • a fee
  • a plan of premises
  • a public liability insurance certificate

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Licensed premises gaming machines

All premises must abide by:

  • the Gambling Act 2005
  • Regulations and the Gambling Commission Code of Practice for Gaming in Alcohol Licensed Premises

To apply for a licensed premises gaming machine permit the requirements are:

  • an application form
  • a fee
  • a plan of premises

To notify us of your intention to take up the automatic entitlement to up to 2 machines the requirements are:

  • an application form
  • a fee
Number of machines and outcomes
No of machines Entitlement/course of action
Up to 2 Automatic entitlement to 2 category C or D machines.
Notify us to take up automatic entitlement.
More than 2 Apply for a licensed premises gaming machine permit.

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Club gaming and machines

The Gambling Act 2005 requires:

  • a club gaming permit to be held where a members club or miners welfare institute provides facilities for gaming
  • a club machine permit to be held where a members club or miners welfare institute provides gaming machines

Holders of a club gaming or club machine permit can provide up to 3 machines of any combination of category B4, C or D machines. Holders of a club gaming permit can also provide facilities for equal chance gaming.

Permits last for 10 years and an annual fee is payable.

All premises are required to abide by:

  • the Gambling Act 2005
  • Regulations and Gambling Commission Code of Practice for Location and Operation of machines in Clubs

To apply for a club gaming or club machine permit the requirements are:

  • an application form
  • a fast track procedure for holders of club premises certificates
  • a fee
  • a plan of premises

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Categories of gaming machines

Number of machines and outcomes
Category Location Limits
A Regional casinos only

Unlimited stakes and prizes

B1 All casinos

Maximum stake £5
Maximum prize £20,000 (linked machine)
Maximum prize £10,000 (non-linked machine)

B2

All of the above plus betting offices and tracks

Maximum stake £100
Maximum prize £500

B3

All of the above plus bingo premises and adult gaming centres

Maximum stake £2
Maximum prize £500

B3A

Members’ clubs and miners’ welfare institutes only

Maximum stake £2
Maximum prize £500

B4

All of the above plus Members’ clubs, commercial clubs and miners’ welfare institutes

Maximum stake £2
Maximum prize £400

C

All of the above plus licensed family entertainment centres and premises licensed for alcohol consumption

Maximum stake £1
Maximum prize £100

D

All of the above plus unlicensed family entertainment centres and travelling fairs

Money prize machine
Maximum stake 10p
Maximum prize £5

Non-money prize (other than crane grab machine)
Maximum stake 30p
Maximum prize £8

Non-money prize - Crane grab machine
Maximum stake £1
Maximum prize £50

Combined money and non-money prize - Coin pusher or penny fall machine
Maximum stake 20p
Maximum prize value is no more than £20, of which no more than £10 may be a money prize

Combined money and non-money prize (other than coin pusher or penny fall machine)
Maximum stake 10p
Maximum prize value £8, of which no more than £5 may be a money prize

Fees

Permit fees
Type Application  Annual Renewal Change Copy Variation Transfer

UFEC/
Prize gaming

£300   £300 £25 £15    

Notification
alcohol

£50

           

LPGMP
existing

£100
 

£50
 
  £25 £15
 
£100 £25
LPGMP
new
£150            

Club machine
existing

£100 £50 £200 £15   £100  

Club machine
new

£200            

Club machine
fast track

£100 £50 £100        
Small society
lottery
£40 £20          

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