Under the Gambling Act 2005 (“the Act”) Permits are issued to premises that either offer very low-stakes and prizes gambling, or premises whose primary function is not the provision of gambling facilities. Therefore, the only premises eligible to apply to us for Permits are:
- Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres
- Alcohol Licensed Premises (under Licensing Act 2003)
- Clubs, both commercial and non-commercial
- Premises wishing to offer commercial prize-gaming
We will issue the following types of Permit under the Act:
- Family Entertainment Centre Gaming Machine Permit
- Club Gaming Permit
- Club Machine Permit
- Licensed Premises Gaming Machine
- Prize Gaming Permit
There are several key differences between a Permit and a Gambling Premises Licence:
- Permit applicants/holders are not required to have an Operating Licence issued by the Gambling Commission
- There are no responsible authorities or interested parties in relation to Permit application’s
- We can only grant or reject Permits, we can not attach conditions.
- The Gambling Commission has less power and involvement in relation to Permits than they do with a Gambling Premises Licence.
- With the exception of Permits relating to alcohol licensed premises, Permits are of limited duration.