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Linked licences

If you already hold, or are applying for, a full operating licence you may also, in certain circumstances, apply for a linked licence. Linked licences are restricted versions of existing licences which provide a low-cost option for activities that form only a small part of your overall business and have a low additional regulatory risk because they are provided in-house.

Financial restriction on linked licences

In order to ensure that linked licences are only used for activities that represent a small element of your business there is a financial restriction. 

You cannot spend any more than £50,000 in any given year in pursuit of the activity that is authorised by the linked licence. The £50,000 cost includes obvious spending, such as buying new parts or paying for new systems, but also less obvious costs, such as time spent on the activity. 

Types of linked licence 

Gaming machines 

  • Linked non-remote gaming machine technical (supplier)
    Permits the supply, installation, adaptation, maintenance or repair of a gaming machine, or part of a gaming machine (including software).
  • Linked remote gaming machine technical (supplier)
    Permits the supply, installation, adaptation, maintenance or repair of a gaming machine, or part of a gaming machine (including software) by remote means. 

Gambling software 

  • Linked non-remote gambling software
    Permits the manufacture, supply, installation or adaptation of gambling software for use in connection with gambling facilities.
  • Linked remote gambling software
    Permits the manufacture, supply, installation or adaptation gambling software for use in connection with gambling facilities by remote means. 

Actions that require a linked licence

  • An upgrade kit from a licensed supplier that does not meet the conditions listed above (eg download and software installation of an EPROM)
  • Using a CD, memory stick or computer downloads to make software changes
  • Making changes that alter the category of the machine
  • Repairing machine parts where the component may have an effect on the game outcome
  • Swapping out components that may affect the outcome of the game (primary logic boards, game memory devices etc)
  • Modifications/adaptations to any game logic security devices (logic cage etc). 

A linked licence is not required if you arrange for these actions to be carried out by the licensed manufacturer/supplier. 

Actions that do not require a linked licence

  • Changing a power supply unit (like for like)
  • Where any device (storing game or system software) has been supplied directly from a technical licence holder for direct installation or use in automated installation, provided no modification of the software takes place outside the control of the technical licence holder and adequate security safeguards are used to ensure its continued integrity
  • Changing the front display of the machine (including glass or paper artwork but not software modifications for video display)
  • Changing display notices on the machine
  • Cleaning the machine
  • Clearing coin jams
  • Changing fuses
  • Moving the machine to a new location within the operators own licensed premises
  • Changing percentage, stake and/or prize settings (provided this does not require any software modification)
  • Swapping out components (like for like) provided that component cannot affect the outcome of the game (note acceptors, coin mechanisms etc) and that no software installation is required. 

Linked licence application and annual fees

These fees represent a considerable saving compared to the cost of a full licence. Because the fees for linked licences have been set at such a low level most discounts that normally apply to application and annual fees do not apply to linked licences.

Linked licence application fee

Linked gambling software
Linked remote gambling software
Linked gaming machine technical
Linked remote gaming machine technical
£165

Linked licence annual fee 

Linked gaming machine
Linked remote gaming machine
Linked gambling software
Linked remote gambling software
£375