Gaming machines

Apply for a gaming machines licence.

A gaming machine licence is needed if a premise provides amusements with prizes by way of machines.

The most common applications of gaming machines are those commonly referred to as 'fruit machines' and 'one armed bandits', which make small payments. Typically these machines would be found in pubs and clubs.

Premises with an alcohol licence ('on sales' only) have an automatic right to use up to two gaming machines of either category C or D. 

To activate this right, the licence holder must write to the Licensing Board to give notice of the intent to use the automatic right and pay a processing fee of £50.

Members clubs and miner's welfare institutes may apply for a Club Gaming Permit, which allows up to 3 gaming machines of Category B, C or D and also allows certain games of chance.

Members clubs, miner's welfare institutes and commercial clubs may apply for a club machine permit, which authorises the use of up to 3 gaming machines which can be Category B, C or D.

Licence duration

10 years.


  • The application fee is £200
  • The annual fee is £50
  • Automatic entitlement is £50

How to apply

You must lodge a copy of your application with the Chief Constable and the Gambling Commission. They've a period of 28 days from the date of application to object. 

In considering the application, the Licensing Board will have regard to guidance issued by the commission and to the licensing objectives.

Application form

Icon for pdf Download a gaming machine application form [1.3MB].

What happens next?

Your application will be processed.

If you don't hear from us within a reasonable period, contact our Customer Services team:


Phone 0141 577 3000 / 3001

Last modified on 23 June 2020

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