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Gambling entitlements in pubs: Government consultation 2014

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gambling entitlements

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.

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