DCMS implements B3 gaming machines changes
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has today
implemented an increase in stake for B3 gaming machines to £2 and
has changed the number of B3 gaming machines permitted in adult
gaming centres (AGC) and bingo premises.
As of today, AGC and bingo premises are entitled to make
available a number of Category B gaming machines not exceeding 20%
of the total number of gaming machines which are available for use
on the premises.
Licensed AGC and bingo premises in existence before 13 July 2011
are entitled to make available four (AGCs) or eight (bingo)
category B gaming machines, or 20% of the total number of gaming
machines, whichever is the greater.
AGC and bingo premises licences granted on or after 13 July 2011
but before 1 April 2014 are entitled to a maximum of four or eight
category B gaming machines or 20% of the total number of gaming
machines, whichever is the greater; from 1 April 2014 these
premises will be entitled to 20% of the total number of gaming
Operators who choose to make material changes to their existing
licensed premises in order take advantage of the 20% requirement
may need to apply to their local authority for a licence variation.
Licensed operators who are in any doubt about whether alterations
to their premises will require a variation to their premises
licence should speak to their licensing authority before
To assist the industry and licensing authorities in implementing
the change, DCMS has, jointly with the Gambling Commission, issued
advice in the form of a question and
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing
authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by
ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by
protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or
exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
- 2. The Commission and local licensing authorities are
responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great
Britain other than the National Lottery and spread betting, which
are the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission and the
Financial Services Authority (FSA) respectively.
- 3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our
website for information on legal advice.
- 4. DCMS website
question and answer
- Further information is available from the Commission's website.
Gambling Commission: John Travers on (0121) 230 6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.