Do I need a licence - arcades?
There are three types of licence that arcade
owners may need to apply for:
Your business may need all three
The Gambling Commission issues operating
licences and personal licences; premises licences are issued by
local licensing authorities.
Do I need an operating licence?
If you are running an arcade, either an Adult
Gaming Centre or a Family Entertainment Centre, which makes
category C and above gaming
machines available for people to play, you do need
an operating licence from us. Find out which type of operating
licence you need, and how to apply.
You do need a permit from your local licensing
authority if you want to make category D gaming machines or bingo
prize gaming machines available to play in your arcade.
You do not need an operating 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.
Do I need a personal management licence?
If you do need an operating licence, you may
also need a personal management licence (PML) unless you
qualify as a small-scale operator.
Anyone who is responsible for any of these
areas of your organisation will need to apply for a PML:
- Overall strategy and delivery of gambling operations.
- Financial planning, control and budgeting.
- Marketing and commercial development.
- Regulatory compliance.
- Gambling related IT provision and security.
- Management of the licensed activity for a particular area in
Great Britain where you have five or more sets of premises for
which you hold a premises licence.
Individuals who perform more than one of these
management functions at the same time only need to hold one
PML. Apply for a personal management
Do I need a premises licence?
Your local licensing authority will be able to
tell you whether you need a premises licence or a permit.
You will need to apply to your local licensing authority for a
premises licence for each arcade you run.
reviewed: January 2012