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Gaming machines

We provide licences for gaming machines such as one-armed bandits or fruit machines. They are usually found in amusement arcades, pubs, clubs and unlicensed family entertainment centres. This is under the Gambling Act 2005. 

There are different categories of gaming machine depending on the stakes and prizes. Category A, B and C machines are for adults only, while category D machines have no age restrictions. 

You should read the relevant legislation before making an application. You can find the Gambling Act 2005 on the government's Legislation website. 

Apply for a licence

You will need to download a licence application from this page, complete it and return it to us with the right payment. 

You can return your completed application by email to: or by post to: 

Licensing Team
Ashfield District Council
Council Offices
Urban Road
Kirkby in Ashfield
NG17 8DA

How much does it cost?

  • for a licensing premises gaming machine automatic entitlement notification for up to 2 gaming machines the cost is £50
  • for a licensed premises gaming machine permit to have more than 2 machines the cost is £150. Section 34 (Gaming Act 1968) holders are charged £100
  • for a club machine permit or club gaming permit the cost is £200 for Members Clubs, and £100 for Commercial Clubs.

You can pay by debit or credit card through our online system. 

Pay for your application

Other ways to contact us about gaming machine licences

If you have questions about the licence or applying you can contact us by: