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Club Machine Permits

This permit will entitle you to have no more than three gaming machines (clubs to decide between machines):

  • Category B3A (only one allowed except in commercial clubs where none are allowed) - maximum stake = £2 / maximum prize = £500
  • Category B4 - maximum stake = £2 / maximum prize = £400
  • Category C - maximum stake = £1 / maximum prize = £100
  • Category D - non-money prize (other than crane grab machines) - maximum stake = 30 pence / maximum prize £8
  • Category D - non-money prize (crane grab machine) - maximum stake = £1 / maximum prize £50
  • Category D - money prize - maximum state = 10 pence / maximum prize £5
  • Category D - combined money and non-money prize (other than coin pusher or penny falls machines) - maximum stake 10 pence / maximum prize £8 (of which no more than £5 may be a money prize)
  • Category D - combined money and non-money prize (coin pusher or penny falls machine) - maximum stake 20 pence / maximum prize £20 (of which no more than £10 may be a money prize.

The club can choose between the categories but only up to three gaming machines.

A Club Machine Permit has certain conditions

  • no child or young person uses a category B or C machine on the premises
  • the holder complies with any relevant provision of a code of practice about the location and operation of gaming machines (issued by the Gambling Commission)

A Permit will last for 10 years, unless issued under the Fast Track procedure in which case the permit lasts for as long as the Club Premises Certificate (issued under the Licensing Act 2003) is in force. There is an annual fee for this type of permit, the first of which must be paid within 30 days of the permit becoming effective. A permit can be cancelled if the holder fails to pay the annual fee (unless the failure is as the result of an administrative error).

A club machine permit also authorises equal chance gaming

To qualify for this you must obey these four conditions:

  • no amount is deducted or levied from sums staked or won
  • any participation fee does not exceed such maximum as maybe prescribed
  • any game played on one set of premises must not be linked with a game played on another set of premises
  • each person who participates a) is a member of the club or institute who applied for membership, was nominated for membership or became a member at least 48 hours before they participates or b) is a guest of such a member of the club or institutes.

Where the equal chance gaming in question is bingo, during a seven day period the aggregate of stakes or prizes must not exceed £2,000. If you exceed this a 'high turnover period' commences and lasts for a year from the start of the seven day period. If during that year, the aggregate of stakes or prizes again exceeds £2,000, the exemption is lost and a bingo operating licence is required from the Gambling Commission.

Application process

To assist applicant in the application process please read these documents carefully.

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Machine Games Duty

Machine Games Duty (MGD) was introduced on 1 February 2013.  It has replaced Amusement Machine Licence Duty (AMLD).  Please contact HMRC for further information.

 

For more information contact Licensing Unit by telephone: Licensing Services - 01634 337107 or 337108 / Enforcement - 01634 337112 or 337106 or by email: licensing@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR