DCMS are looking at a potential deregulation through the Red Tape Challenge.
Pubs have automatic gambling entitlements to offer up to two category C or D gaming machines but must first inform the Licensing Authority, provide certain information and pay a £50.00 fee.
In the event of a change of Premises Licence Holder under the 2003 Licensing Act pubs must ‘re-notify’ the Licensing Authority in respect of their two machines at an additional cost of £50.00. DCMS now believe that this is potentially an unnecessary administrative burden as well as imposing a cost of £50.00 each time a notification is made.
Clearly for a Tenanted Pub Estate where the Premises Licence is held by the Tenant every time the Tenant changes a £50.00 fee is incurred because of the need to re-notify the machines (in most cases). If this measure is introduced there should be a significant saving for business.
Should you have any further queries concerning this please do not hesitate to contact our Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing team on 01332 226142.