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Licence activities

Adult gaming centre

This licence is for adult gaming centres (AGC), often called arcades.

Important

This page contains upcoming changes to application and annual fees.

New application fees come into effect on 1 October 2021.

New annual fees for remote operators also come into effect on 1 October 2021, and for non-remote operators on 6 April 2022.

Read the consultation response on proposals for changes to Gambling Commission fees (link opens in a new tab)

It allows you to offer an unlimited number of category C and D gaming machines and up to 20% of your total number of machines, can be of category B3 or B4.

Your premises is for those aged 18 and over only.

If you apply for one of these licences you can also apply for linked licences if you intend to maintain the gaming machines on your AGC premises yourself.

If you just want to make category D gaming machines or bingo prize gaming available in your arcade you don’t need a licence from us, but you do need a permit from your local licensing authority.

You do not need a licence from us if you only offer machines that do not have a prize, or the prize is worth the same or less than the money paid to play the machine.

Current application fees

Fee categoryAnnual gross gambling yieldApplication Fee
A1Less than £200,000£879
A2£200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000£879
A3£750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million£879
B1£1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£879
B2£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million£879
B3£4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million£879
C1£7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million£1,464
D1£14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million£4,394
E1£30 million or greater, up to but excluding £125 million£14,647
E2£125 million or greater, up to but excluding £225 million£14,647
E3£225 million or greater, up to but excluding £325 million£14,647
E4£325 million or greater£14,647

Application fees from 1 October 2021

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Application Fee
A1 Less than £200,000 £1,406
A2 £200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000 £1,406
A3 £750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million £1,406
B1 £1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £1,406
B2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million £1,406
B3 £4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million £1,406
C1 £7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million £2,342
D1 £14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million £7,030
E1 £30 million or greater, up to but excluding £125 million £23,435
E2 £125 million or greater, up to but excluding £225 million £23,435
E3 £225 million or greater, up to but excluding £325 million £23,435
E4 £325 million or greater £23,435

Current annual fees

Your first annual fee is due 30 days after your licence is issued and is reduced by 25% (ancillary and linked licence annual fees are not subject to this reduction).

After this, fees are due every year before the anniversary of the day your licence was issued.

Fee categoryAnnual gross gambling yieldAnnual Fee
A1Less than £200,000£1,314
A2£200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000£1,370
A3£750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million£2,000
B1£1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£3,030
B2£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million£3,247
B3£4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million£3,658
C1£7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million£10,314
D1£14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million£23,095
E1£30 million or greater, up to but excluding £125 million£40,080
E2£125 million or greater, up to but excluding £225 million£60,252
E3£225 million or greater, up to but excluding £325 million£75,327
E4£325 million or greater£100,327 plus £25,000 for each complete additional £200 million of annual gross gambling yield above £325 million

Annual fees from 6 April 2022

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Annual Fee
A1 Less than £200,000 £1,511
A2 £200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000 £1,576
A3 £750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million £2,300
B1 £1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £3,485
B2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million £3,734
B3 £4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million £4,207
C1 £7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million £11,861
D1 £14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million £26,559
E1 £30 million or greater, up to but excluding £125 million £46,092
E2 £125 million or greater, up to but excluding £225 million £69,290
E3 £225 million or greater, up to but excluding £325 million £86,626
E4 £325 million or greater £115,376 plus £25,000 for each complete additional £200 million of annual gross gambling yield above £325 million

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