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Appendix A: Summary of machine provisions by premises

Machine category
Premises typeAB1B2B3B4CD
Large casino(machine/table ratio of 5-1 up to maximum)Maximum of 150 machines
Any combination of machines in categories B to D (except B3A machines), within the total limit of 150 (subject to machine/table ratio)
Maximum of 150 machines
Any combination of machines in categories B to D (except B3A machines), within the total limit of 150 (subject to machine/table ratio)
Any combination of machines in categories B to D (except B3A machines), within the total limit of 150 (subject to machine/table ratio)Any combination of machines in categories B to D (except B3A machines), within the total limit of 150 (subject to machine/table ratio)Any combination of machines in categories B to D (except B3A machines), within the total limit of 150 (subject to machine/table ratio)Any combination of machines in categories B to D (except B3A machines), within the total limit of 150 (subject to machine/table ratio)
Small casino (machine/table ratio of 2-1 up to maximum)Maximum of 80 machines
Any combination of machines in categories B to D (except B3A machines), within the total limit of 80 (subject to machine/table ratio)
Maximum of 80 machines
Any combination of machines in categories B to D (except B3A machines), within the total limit of 80 (subject to machine/table ratio)
Maximum of 80 machines
Any combination of machines in categories B to D (except B3A machines), within the total limit of 80 (subject to machine/table ratio)
Any combination of machines in categories B to D (except B3A machines), within the total limit of 80 (subject to machine/table ratio)Any combination of machines in categories B to D (except B3A machines), within the total limit of 80 (subject to machine/table ratio)Any combination of machines in categories B to D (except B3A machines), within the total limit of 80 (subject to machine/table ratio)
Pre-2005 Act casino(no machine/table ratio)Maximum of 20 machines categories B to D (except B3A machines), or any number of C or D machines insteadMaximum of 20 machines categories B to D (except B3A machines), or any number of C or D machines insteadMaximum of 20 machines categories B to D (except B3A machines), or any number of C or D machines insteadMaximum of 20 machines categories B to D (except B3A machines), or any number of C or D machines insteadMaximum of 20 machines categories B to D (except B3A machines), or any number of C or D machines insteadMaximum of 20 machines categories B to D (except B3A machines), or any number of C or D machines instead
Betting premises and tracks occupied by pool bettingMaximum of 4 machines categories B2 to D (except B3A machines)Maximum of 4 machines categories B2 to D (except B3A machines)Maximum of 4 machines categories B2 to D (except B3A machines)Maximum of 4 machines categories B2 to D (except B3A machines)Maximum of 4 machines categories B2 to D (except B3A machines)
Bingo premises1Maximum of 20% of the total number of gaming machines which are available for use on the premises categories B3 or B4Maximum of 20% of the total number of gaming machines which are available for use on the premises categories B3 or B4Maximum of 20% of the total number of gaming machines which are available for use on the premises categories B3 or B4No limit on category C or D machines
Adult gaming centre2Maximum of 20% of the total number of gaming machines which are available for use on the premises categories B3 or B4Maximum of 20% of the total number of gaming machines which are available for use on the premises categories B3 or B4Maximum of 20% of the total number of gaming machines which are available for use on the premises categories B3 or B4No limit on category C or D machines
Licensed family entertainment centre3No limit on category C or D machines
Family entertainment centre (with permit)3No limit on category D machines
Clubs or miners’ welfare institute (with permits)4Maximum of 3 machines in categories B3A or B4 to DMaximum of 3 machines in categories B3A or B4 to DMaximum of 3 machines in categories B3A or B4 to DMaximum of 3 machines in categories B3A or B4 to D
Qualifying alcohol-licensed premises1 or 2 machines of category C or D automatic upon notification1 or 2 machines of category C or D automatic upon notification
Qualifying alcohol-licensed premises (with licensed premises gaming machine permit)Number of category C-D machines as specified on permitNumber of category C-D machines as specified on permit
Travelling fairNo limit on category D machines

References

1 Bingo premises licence are entitled to make available for use a number of category B gaming machines not exceeding 20% of the total number of gaming machines on the premises. Where a premises licence was granted before 13 July 2011, they are entitled to make available eight (The Gambling Act 2005 (Gaming Machines in Bingo Premises) Order 2009 (opens in new tab)) category B gaming machines, or 20% of the total number of gaming machines, whichever is the greater. Category B machines at bingo premises are restricted to sub-category B3 and B4 machines, but not B3A machines.

2 Adult gaming centres are entitled to make available for use 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 and any number of category C or D machines. Where a premises licence was granted before 13 July 2011, they are entitled to make available four category B gaming machines, or 20% of the total number of gaming machines, whichever is the greater. Category B machines at adult gaming centres are restricted to sub-category B3 and B4 machines, but not B3A machines.

3 Only premises that are wholly or mainly used for making gaming machines available may hold an unlicensed FEC gaming machine permit or an FEC premises licence. Category C machines may only be sited within licensed FECs and where an FEC permit is in force. They must be in a separate area to ensure the segregation and supervision of machines that may only be played by adults. There is no power for the licensing authority to set a limit on the number of machines under the FEC permit.

4 Members’ clubs and miners’ welfare institutes with a club gaming permit or with a club machine permit, are entitled to site a total of three machines in categories B3A to D but only one B3A machine can be sited as part of this entitlement.

5 Commercial clubs with club machine or gaming permits are entitled to a total of three machines in categories B4 to D.

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