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Club gaming permits and club machine permits

The following information applies 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 types of club permit available: club gaming permits and club machine permits.

Club gaming permits

Club gaming permits allow equal chance gaming, for example poker, and games of chance, for example pontoon, under certain restrictions.

The permit allows no more than three gaming machines hosted on site. Each of the three machines must be category B3A, B4, C or D machines, and only one B3A machine can be hosted on site as part of this entitlement. 

View the Gambling Commission’s code of practice for equal chance gaming in clubs and premises with an alcohol licence

View the Gambling Commission’s gaming machine categories

Club machine permits 

Club machine permits are for clubs that do not want to hold a club gaming permit or, if they are a commercial club, are not permitted to provide non-machine gaming. The permit allows the holder to have no more than three gaming machines in total. 

Members' clubs and miners' welfare institutes may host up to three machines from categories B3A, B4, C or D, and only one B3A machine can be hosted on site as part of this entitlement. 

Commercial clubs may host up to three machines from categories B4, C or D. They are not able to host B3A machines. 

View the Gambling Commission’s gaming machine categories

Permit fees

The permits last for a duration of 10 years and licence renewal fees apply. 

View our licensing fees and charges

How to apply

Download the club gaming or club machine permit application form

Send your completed application form to: The Gambling Commission, Licensing Submissions, Gambling Commission, Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B2 4BP

Email: licensing@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

We aim to determine applications within 21 days from receipt of a completed application, including payment.