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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


2 - Applying for a permit

24.6. The application for a permit can only be made by a person who occupies or plans to occupy the premises to be used as an uFEC and, if the applicant is an individual, he or she must be aged 18 or over. Applications for a permit cannot be made if a premises licence is in effect for the same premises. The application must be made to the licensing authority in whose area the premises are wholly or partly situated.

24.7. The licensing authority must specify the form and manner in which the application should be made and specify what other information and documents (such as insurance certificates, plans of building, and so on) they require to accompany the application. Applications must be accompanied by a fee, as prescribed in regulations (SI No 454/2007: The Gambling Act 2005 (Family Entertainment Centre Gaming Machine)(Permits) Regulations 2007 (opens in new tab) and SSI No 309/2007: The Gambling Act 2005 (Fees)(Scotland) Regulations 2007 (opens in new tab)) set by the Secretary of State for England and Wales and Scottish Ministers for Scotland.

24.8. In its statement of policy, a licensing authority may include a statement of principles that it proposes to apply when exercising its functions in considering applications for permits. In particular it may want to set out the matters that it will take into account in determining the suitability of the applicant. Given that the premises is likely to appeal particularly to children and young persons, licensing authorities may wish to give weight to matters relating to protection of children from being harmed or exploited by gambling and to ensure that staff supervision adequately reflects the level of risk to this group. Licensing authorities are also encouraged to also specify in their statement of policy that a plan for the uFEC must be submitted.

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