Do I need a licence - gaming machines (fruit machines, slot machines)?
If you want to manufacture, supply, install, maintain or adapt
gaming machines (fruit machines, slot machines), part of a gaming
machine or gaming machine software, there are two types of licence
that gaming machine business owners generally need. These are:
Both of these licences are issued by the Gambling
Do I need an operating licence?
In most cases, you will need an operating licence from us to
manufacture, supply, install, maintain or adapt part of a gaming
machine (fruit machines, slot machines) or gaming machine
software. Find out which type of operating licence you need, and how
There are some circumstances in which you do
not need a gaming machine operating licence:
Single machine permits
If you collect gaming machines (fruit machines, slot machines)
as a private individual and you want to sell, repair or upgrade a
single machine, you do not need an operating
licence to do so. However, you do need a single machine permit from
Single machines permits will only be issued in specific
circumstances and are not intend for those that are operating a
commercial business - in these circumstances and full operating
licence is required.
Please be aware that further checks will be conducted to ensure
that you qualify for a single machine permit.
Single machine application - form - October 2007
Single machine application - guidance notes - October 2007
The application fee for a single machine permit is £25.
Do I need a personal management licence?
If you need an operating licence, you may also need a personal
management licence, unless you qualify as a
small-scale operator. Anyone responsible for
any of these areas of your organisation will need to apply for a
- overall strategy and delivery of gambling operations
- financial planning, control and budgeting
- marketing and commercial development
- regulatory compliance
- gambling related IT provision and security
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?
You do not need a premises licence for a
gambling software business.
Page last reviewed: August 2012