The following information is relevant to -
- holders of Part 2 or Part 3 registration under Gaming Act 1968
- holders of Club Premises Certificate under Licensing Act 2003
- persons who are thinking of setting up a club and also offering gaming or gaming machines to its members
Club gaming permit
Club gaming permits authorise the use of three or less gaming machines from categories B3A, B4, C or D, equal chance gaming and games of chance as prescribed in regulations.
Commercial clubs, such as snooker club chains, cannot provide non-machine gaming, other than games which are classed as exempt gaming (see below for details).
How to apply for a permit
Contact us to apply for a permit.
Club machine permits
If a club does not wish to have the full range of facilities permitted by a club gaming permit, and just wants gaming machines only, they may apply for a club machine permit.
A club machine permit authorises the holder to have up to three gaming machines of categories B3A (however, this category is not available for commercial clubs) B4, C and D.
Commercial clubs, as well as members' club and miners' welfare institutes, may apply for a club machine permit.
How to apply for a club machine permit
Contact us to apply for a permit
Exempt gaming in clubs
Certain games may take place in clubs without needing a club gaming permit, and will be classed as 'exempt gaming', so long as certain conditions are observed as below.
- the maximum amount staked by a person on any game of poker does not exceed £10
- the aggregate of the amounts staked on games of poker in any one day does not exceed £250
- the aggregate of the amounts that may be staked on games of poker in any period of seven days does not exceed £1,000
- the maximum amount or value of a prize that may be won in any game of poker is £250
Bridge, whist or other kinds of gaming
The maximum participation fee that a club may charge a person to allow them to participate in a particular kind of game on any one day is -
- £18 in respect of bridge or whist (provided that no facilities for any kinds of gaming other than bridge or whist are provided by the relevant club on that day)
- £1 in respect of offering facilities for bridge and whist as well as other kinds of gaming on same day
- or in the case of a commercial club that holds a club machine permit, £3