Premises that are licensed for on-sales, that provides a bar at which alcohol is served without a requirement that alcohol is only served with food can offer gaming machines.
There is provision for an automatic entitlement to two gaming machines of category C or D. The holder of the premises licence is required to notify the licensing authority and pay the prescribed fee. There is no annual fee required with this type of notification. If the applicant ceases to be the licence holder the automatic entitlement will cease and the new licence holder will need to make a new application. There is no requirement for a notice of the automatic entitlement to be displayed.
Holders of premises licences may apply for a permit to provide more than two gaming machines. The number of machines authorised by the permit are not in addition to an automatic entitlement. The holder of the premises licence is required to apply to the licensing authority and pay the prescribed fee. There is an annual fee for this type of application. If the applicant ceases to be the licence holder a transfer of the permit can be made and a fee will be required to be made. The permit must be kept on the premises and produced when requested. Permit holders are required to comply with the code of practice provided by the Gambling Commission.
There are two types of clubs for the purposes of gaming, members clubs (including miners' welfare institutes) and commercial clubs.
There are two types of permits for clubs club gaming permits and club machine permits.
Club gaming permits allow the provision of up to three gaming machines within certain categories, equal chance gaming and games of chance.
Club machine permits authorise the holder to have up to three gaming machines in certain categories. Commercial clubs are not able to provide non-machine gaming and may only apply for a club machine permit.
Permit holders are required to comply with the code of practice provided by the Gambling Commission.
Categories of machines allowed on the different club premises are provided as a download.