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Gaming permits

The Gambling Act 2005 provides for a number of different permits for various gambling activities, including gaming machines and prize gaming in alcohol licensed premises.

Holders of permits for gaming machines are required to comply with codes of practice, drawn up by the Gambling Commission on the location and operation of machines. Information on these codes can be found on the Gambling Commission's web site (please see the link to the right)

Licensing authorities may only grant or reject an application for a permit. No conditions may be attached to a permit.

The types of permits that may be granted are as follows:

  • Unlicensed family entertainment centre permit;
  • Club gaming permits and club machine permits;
  • Alcohol licensed premises gaming machine permits;
  • Prize gaming permits

In addition, licensing authorities are responsible for receiving, from owners of licensed premises, notifications that they intend to exercise their automatic entitlement to two gaming machines in their premises under section 282 of the Act.

There are different categories of gaming machines covered by licences and permits. For more information on the different types of gaming machines and the fees for different types of permits, please see the related documents links below.

Further Information

Notes for guidance, application forms, notification forms and guidance are available via the links below, including a guidance note from the Gambling Commission.

Data Protection

Please note that the licensing authority may be required by law to disclose to the appropriate authorities, from time to time, further information relating to applications and licences for the purposes of law enforcement and the prevention of fraud.

Contacting the Licensing Team

If you need to contact us by email, 'phone or post, please do so using the details below.

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Members of the Licensing Team are normally available on weekdays at the Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LY from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00 to assist personal callers. We may be available at other times by prior appointment.

Contact information

  • 023 8083 3002 (option 4)
  • Licensing Team, Southampton and Eastleigh Licensing Partnership, PO Box 1767, Southampton SO18 9LA