Amusement with Prizes
Video games and machines that pay prizes due to customer "skill"
rather than gambling do NOT require a permit.
Machines that are for gambling (not skill) DO require a permit
as they are amusement with prize machines – sometimes known as "one
armed bandits" or "fruit machines." The requirements
and fees are laid down by Government.
The licence holder for premises licensed for the sale of alcohol
(pubs) can notify us where they wish to have two or fewer machines.
The cost is £50.
Where more than two machines are wanted in a pub, application
for a Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permit is required; the
application cost is £150 (£100 for an existing operator) plus £50
Different rules exist for Members' Clubs – they have a choice of
club gaming permits or club machine permits.
Publicans\clubs who have a current permit or registration don't
need to do anything until it expires - even if the newly converted
premises licence is in a different name to that on their original
Justice's licence. If a business is sold, the buyer will have to
apply to us for a new authorisation.
It is a legal requirement that permit holders comply with the
new codes of practice detailing such matters as where machines can
be used – these are available from the
Gambling Commission website.
Learn how to apply for permits.
Worcestershire Regulatory Services
Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House
Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3AF DX: 17608
Customer Contact Centre 01684 862151
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please
start the subject heading with MHDC enquiry)