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Club machine and club gaming permits

Qualifying clubs may apply for either a Club Machine Permit or a Club Gaming Permit, which have the following benefits:

Club Machine Permits (CMPs)

Available to members’ clubs, miners’ welfare institutes, and commercial clubs.

Allows the club to offer:

  • equal chance gaming such as poker and bingo
  • up to three gaming machines in total of categories B3A, B4, C or D, but by agreement, only one machine can be of category B3A (B3A not permitted for commercial clubs).

Restrictions on the gaming are:

  • limit on stakes and prizes for bingo is £2,000 in any seven-day period
  • limit on stakes for poker - £10 per person per game, within a premises limit of £250 in stakes per day and £1,000 per week
  • limit on prizes for poker - £250 per game

limit on participation fees per person per day - £18 for bridge/whist (if played on a day on which no facilities of any kind of gaming (other than bridge or whist) are provided by the relevant club on that day), £1 for other gaming (including poker), £3 where it’s a commercial club.

Club Gaming Permits (CGPs)

Available to members’ clubs or miners’ welfare institutes, but NOT commercial clubs.

Allows the club to offer:

  • equal chance gaming such as poker and bingo
  • games of chance (pontoon and chemin de fer only)
  • up to three gaming machines in total of categories B3A, B4, C or D, but by agreement, only one machine can be of category B3A.

Restrictions on the gaming are:

  • no limits on stakes and prizes, except bingo where there is a stakes and prizes limit of £2,000 in any seven-day period

limit on participation fees per person per day - £20 for bridge and or whist (if played on a day on which no facilities of any kinds of gaming (other than bridge or whist) are provided by the relevant club on that day), £3 for other gaming (including poker) in any other circumstances.

Further information can be found on the Gambling Commissions website.

Club Types

Members' clubs

Members' clubs must have at least 25 members and be established or conducted mainly for purposes other than gaming.

The club should not be established to make a commercial profit and should be controlled by its members.

Examples include most sports clubs, working men's clubs, branches of the Royal British Legion, and politically affiliated clubs. Clubs used wholly or mainly by children and/or young persons are discounted.

Commercial clubs

These have the same characteristics as members’ clubs, except that they are established to make a profit. An example would be a snooker club. Certain bridge and whist clubs may operate as commercial clubs if they are established to make a profit.

Fast-Track Procedure and Renewals

A club machine permit or club gaming permit lasts for ten years, unless it is granted under the fast-track procedure, in which case the permit shall last until such a time that it is revoked, lapsed or is surrendered. Applicants qualify to apply under the fast-track procedure if they hold a Club Premises Certificate under the Licensing Act 2003.

A club that originally applied for a CMP or CGP under the normal application process (not fast-tracked) because it did not hold a club premises certificate at that time, but has since secured a club premises certificate, is able to renew under the fast-track procedure at a reduced cost.

Fees

 

Fast-Tracked

Non-Fast Tracked

New

£100

£200

Renew

£100

£200

Variation

£100

Administrative Changes

£25

Replacement Licence

£15

Annual Fee

£50

The annual fee is payable for all club permits. The first fee is due 30 days after the permit was granted, and then on the anniversary of the grant of the permit each year. Permits may be revoked if the annual fee is not paid.

Apply Online

You can apply online using our Public Portal. Please note that you will need to register an account to use it. We also accept applications made by post. If you require a paper copy of the application, please contact the Licensing team.