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Adult gaming centre (AGC) operating licence

This licence is for adult gaming centres, often called arcades. 

It allows you to offer an unlimited number of category C and D machines and up to four, or 20% of your total number of machines (whichever is greater), of category B3 or B4. 

Your premises is for those aged 18 and over only. 

If you apply for one of these licences you can also apply for linked licences to help maintain your gaming machines and gambling software. 

If you just want to make category D gaming machines or bingo prize gaming machines available to play in your arcade you don’t need a licence from us, but you do need a permit from your local licensing authority.

You do not need a licence from us if you only offer machines that do not have a prize, or the prize is worth the same or less than the money paid to play the machine. 

Application fee adult gaming centre (AGC) operating licence 

Number of premises

A

B

C

D

E1

E2

E3

E4

Up to 4

5-15

16 - 50

51 - 99

100-199

200-299

300-399

400 or more

AGC

£977

£977

£1,627

£4,882

£16,274

£16,274

£16,274

£16,274

Annual fee adult gaming centre (AGC) operating licence

Your first annual fee is due 30 days after your licence is issued to you and every year on the anniversary of the day your licence was issued.

For the first year, unless you are applying for a remote licence, the annual fees below will be reduced by 25% (ancillary and linked licence annual fees are not subject to this reduction).  

If you apply for a combination of different operating licences, you will get a discount on your annual fee.

Number of premises ABCDE1E2E3E4 

Up to 4

5 - 15

16 - 50

51 - 99

100-199

200-299

300-399

400 - 499

500+
AGC

£1,523

£6,297

£13,736

£32,505

£45,236

£50,236

£55,236

£60,236

£60,236 plus an additional £5,000 for each block of up to 100 premises