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Gaming machines are subject to age restrictions and are only permitted to be available for use during the hours that the premises licence allows the sale of alcohol.

It is also essential to comply with the Code of Practice for Gaming Machines in Clubs and Premises with an Alcohol Licence, further information on which can be found on the British Beer and Pub Association website.

Licences required for gaming machines

All licensed premises in England and Wales are permitted to have up to two category C or D gaming machines, providing that the local authority is notified, and the required fee is paid.

If you require a larger number of gaming machines, a specific permit must be obtained from your local authority.

Sourcing gaming machines

All gaming machines must be sourced and maintained by a Gambling Commission licensed supplier. It is your responsibility, not that of the supplier, to ensure that the machine clearly displays the following information:

  • The machine’s category (C or D)
  • The return to player percentage
  • A ‘no under 18s’ sign (for category C machines)
  • The supplier’s details
  • ID plate (for machines made after 2007)
  • Stake to play and maximum pay-out
  • Signposting to gambling support services such as Gamble Aware

Protecting young people from gambling

In order to help protect young people from gambling, it is illegal for under 18s to play on category C machines, however, they may use category D gaming machines.

To ensure that customers are aware of these laws, signage indicating the age restrictions should be clearly displayed close to the machine and the regulations should be vigorously enforced.

Failure to prevent under 18s from using category C machines may result in you losing your entitlement to have gaming machines in your licensed premises and a potential loss of revenue.



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