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Family entertainment centre

This licence is for family entertainment centre (FEC), 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)

This licence allows you to offer an unlimited number of category C and D gaming machines in a premises which is open to all ages. Category C machines must, however, be in a segregated part of the premises that is supervised to prevent children and young people accessing those machines.

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

If you just want to make category D gaming machines or bingo prize gaming machines available to play 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 have machines that do not offer 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£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 £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£1,000
A2£200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000£1,020
A3£750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million£1,675
B1£1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million£2,680
B2£2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million£2,922
B3£4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million£3,333
C1£7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million£9,770
D1£14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million£19,193
E1£30 million or greater£36,383

Annual fees from 6 April 2022

Fee category Annual gross gambling yield Annual Fee
A1 Less than £200,000 £1,150
A2 £200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £750,000 £1,173
A3 £750,000 or greater, up to but excluding £1.25 million £1,926
B1 £1.25 million or greater, up to but excluding £2 million £3,082
B2 £2 million or greater, up to but excluding £4 million £3,360
B3 £4 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million £3,833
C1 £7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £14 million £11,236
D1 £14 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million £22,072
E1 £30 million or greater £41,840

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