How do I apply for an operating licence - gaming machines (fruit machines, slot machines)?
You need an operating licence from the Gambling Commission if
you currently run or want to run a business supplying,
manufacturing, adapting or repairing gaming machines (fruit
machines, slot machines), part of a gaming machine, or gaming
To aid understanding in the area of machine
supply; a business which makes gaming machines
available for use on its premises by the public, for example an
arcade or a pub, is not supplying those machines to the public, it
is merely making them available for use, so a suppliers
licence is not required. However, the appropriate
licence or permit must be in place to allow machines to be made
available for use on the premises.
See Do I need
a licence? for more details on what kinds of licence are needed
for gaming machine businesses.
If you apply for an operating licence, we will publish that you
have applied on our operating licence register.
Find out how to apply for an operating licence below.
What forms do I have to complete?
You can apply for an operating licence by completing the
following forms (you will need Adobe Reader 9.1 or
above installed on your computer in order to download them).
Make sure you read the guidance notes before you apply.
If you need to order paper copies of these forms, please
If you need to order paper copies of these forms, please contact us.
We will have regard to the previous history of an applicant and
associated individuals when determining licence applications.
Therefore please ensure that details of all investigations,
convictions and cautions are provided.
A list of Schedule 7
offences under the Gambling Act 2005 is available on
the legislation.gov.uk website.
You will also find related advice in our
Licensing compliance and enforcement policy statement - September
What else will I need to complete my application?
Someone in your company with authority, such as the managing
director or company secretary, needs to sign the declaration forms.
Read the guidance notes to find out more.
As well as your completed application form, you will also need
to send in:
- any continuation pages you have used
- original supporting documents (originals or notarised
copies. Originals will be returned by recorded or special
delivery and will need to be signed for upon receipt)
- Disclosure and Barring Service (if you live/work in
England or Wales) or Disclosure Scotland (if you live/work in
Scotland) application form. Email or call our contact centre
to get a copy of either form
- any personal licence or Annex A applications you are
Operating licence application - (Annex A) personal declaration form
- July 2010)
- proof of identity documents (originals or notarised copies.
Originals will be returned by recorded or special delivery and will
need to be signed for upon receipt)
- your business plan
- organisational chart
- Annex B Financial Declaration form
- the licence
If your company is not based in Great Britain (GB), we will need
a GB contact address.
If you do not send us all the information we require, we may
reject your application.
We will not return your fee if your application is unsuccessful
or you choose to withdraw from the application process.
How do I submit my application?
You can type into the application form and print it out or print
out the blank form and fill it in by hand in black ink. You should
send your operating and personal licence application forms (or
Annex A personal declaration) along with any supporting
documents to the address below. Make sure if you are paying
your licence fee by credit or debit card that you have completed
the payment section at the end of the application form.
Victoria Square House
Page last reviewed: August 2012