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Family entertainment centre (FEC) operating licence

This licence allows you to offer an unlimited number of category C and D gaming machines in a premises which is open to all ages. Category C machines must, however, be in a segregated part of the premises that is supervised to prevent children and young people accessing those machines.

If you apply for one of these licences you can also apply for linked licences if you intend to maintain the gaming machines on the FEC premises yourself.

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 have machines that do not offer a prize, or the prize is worth the same or less than the money paid to play the machine. 

Application fee family entertainment centre (FEC) operating licence 

Application fees

Fee category

A1

A2

A3

B1

B2

B3

C1

D1

Annual gross gambling yield

Less than £200,000

£200,000 or   greater, up to but excluding £750,000

£750,000 or   greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million

£1.25 million   or greater, up to but excluding £2 million

£2 million   or greater, up to but excluding £4 million

£4 million   or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million

£7.5 million   or greater, up to but excluding £14 million

£14 million   or greater, up to but excluding £30 million

Application Fee

£879

£879

£879

£879

£879

£879

£1,464

£4,394

Fee category

E1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross gambling yield

£30 million   or greater, up to but excluding £125 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application Fee

£14,647

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual fees family entertainment centre (FEC) operating licence

Your first annual fee is due 30 days after your licence is issued to you. Subsequent annual fees are due every year before the anniversary of the day your licence was issued.

For the first year, 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 kinds of licence, you will get a discount on your annual fee.

Annual fees

Fee category

A1

A2

A3

B1

B2

B3

C1

D1

Annual gross gambling yield

Less than £200,000

£200,000 or   greater, up to but excluding £750,000

£750,000 or   greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million

£1.25 million   or greater, up to but excluding £2 million

£2 million   or greater, up to but excluding £4 million

£4 million   or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million

£7.5 million   or greater, up to but excluding £14 million

£14 million   or greater, up to but excluding £30 million

Annual Fee

£1,000

£1,020

£1,675

£2,680

£2,922

£3,333

£9,770

£19,193

Fee category

E1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross gambling yield

£30 million   or greater, up to but excluding £125 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Fee

£36,383