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Gaming machine permits for licensed premises

If you want to provide 3 or more gaming machines in your licensed premises, you need to apply for a licensed premises gaming machine permit.

WarningOnly businesses which have a Licensing Act 2003 premises licence are eligible for licensed premises gaming machine permits.

Before you apply

You need to read and understand the requirements on this page before you submit an application for a licence. We cannot proceed with your application unless you give us all the information we need.


To apply for a licensed premises gaming machine permit, you must:

  • be aged 18 years old or over
  • have a premises licence for the relevant premises
  • be the holder of the premises licence for the relevant premises

You can place up to 2 machines without a permit in pubs, bars and other businesses that mainly sell alcohol, but you still have to tell us if you want to do this.

If we grant you a permit for 3 or more machines, this will effectively replace your automatic entitlement to 2 machines.

Application details

You must provide the following details as part of your application:

  • the application fee
  • how many gaming machines you wish to provide

Fees and prices

Select a topic below to view the fees and charges for gambling premises licences.

New application fees

Fee Price
Notification fee for up to 2 machines £50
Application for a permit (3 or more machines) £150

Other charges

Fee Price
Annual fee (only for permit holders) £50
Variation fee (only for permit holders) £100
Transfer to another holder £25
Change of name £25
Copy of permit £15

Licence duration

We grant gaming machine permits for the lifetime of your business, unless we state otherwise.

You need to pay an annual fee on the anniversary of your licence to maintain your licence.

How to apply

We are currently developing an online application form. At the moment, you can complete a PDF application form and send this to us by emailing us at

Further information

Select a topic below to find out more about gambling premises licences.

The application process

Once we receive your application, we will decide whether to grant or refuse it. If we have any concerns about your application, we will contact you to give you an opportunity to make representations.

Please note, we may grant a smaller number of machines than you have applied for, or grant a different category of licence than the one you have applied for.

There is no consultation process involved with this permit.

Processing time

We aim to determine applications within 60 days.

Tacit consent does not apply.  If you do not hear from us within 60 days, email us at:


If you want to appeal a licence rejection, email us at:

If you wish to wish to appeal our final decision, you can appeal to Bath Magistrates Court within 21 days of us notifying you of our decision.

Conditions and guidance

All permit holders must comply with the Gambling Commission Code of Practice

You must keep your permit on the relevant premises, and you must produce this if it is requested by a police officer, Gambling Commission enforcement officer or authorized officer from the council.

Lost or stolen permits

If your permit is lost, stolen or damaged, you must report this to the police and apply for a replacement permit.

Changed ownership

If the control of the premises and the alcohol licence changes, you must transfer this permit to the new owner.

If a notification for up to 2 machines is in place and the premises licence holder changes, the new licence holder must submit a new notification.

Revoking a permit

We may revoke a permit if we believe that any of the following apply:

  • Gaming has taken place on the premises in breach of a permit
  • The premises are mainly used for making gaming machines available, not the sale of alcohol
  • A gambling-related offence has been committed on the premises

Relevant legislation

Gambling Act 2005

Licensing Act 2003

We have made the information on these web pages as comprehensive as possible. However, in attempting to simplify the law, certain requirements have been omitted. Full details of what you must do are in the relevant legislation.

Laws can and do change. We must advise that only the Courts can give an authoritative opinion on statute law.