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Gaming machines licence

​​​​​​​​​A gaming machine permit is required in respect of premises providing amusements with prizes by way of machines.

The most common applications of gaming machines are those commonly referred to as 'fruit machines' and 'one armed bandits' which make small payments. Typically these machines would be found in amusements arcades and motorway service stations as well as pubs and clubs. They are no longer allowed in such places as takeaways, private hire offices and cafes and can only be provided in premises where the main use is the provision of gaming.

There are various restrictions on the use of machines, depending on the category of machine and the type of licence/permit under which they are operated. Details can be found on the Gambling Commission website.

A permit is not required where the machine in question is based only on a game of skill, for example quiz machines, or is an amusement only machine and in either case no money or token is paid out by the machine.

​Applications for a permit

We can give preliminarily advice about the types of premises where permits will allow gaming machines and will, if required, send out the appropriate advisory literature and an application form for you.

Contact the Licensing Section for details

The Gambling Commission


Licensing Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU