Gaming Machines

The Gambling Act 2005 regulates a variety of gaming machines, from ‘claws’ or ‘grabs’ found in amusement arcades to slot machines and FOBTs in betting shops.  

Depending on the number and nature of the machines, you may need an Operating Licence from the Gambling Commission and a Premises Licence or a permit from your local authority.   Machines are divided into a number of different classes, which are based on the stake and the value of the prize given. Restrictions apply on how many machines can be accommodated within different types of premises:

Machine category Premises Type Max Number
A
Regional Casinos
1250
B1
All Casinos
80
B2
Casinos & Betting premises
4
B3 & B3A

Casinos, Betting Premises, Bingo, AGCs

4
B4
Casinos, Betting Premises, Bingo, AGCs, registered clubs
3
C
Casinos, Betting Premises, Bingo, AGCs, registered clubs, premises licenced for alcohol sale
2 initially
D
As above + FECs and fairs

Standards and restrictions apply on where machines can be placed within a premises and if you need further advice on slot machines, FOBTs, fruit machines or anything similar, please do not hesitate to e-mail us or give one of our solicitors a call.

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