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Gambling Act 2005

Transitional arrangements

The Gambling Act 2005 (link opens in a new window) brought about changes for all those involved in the gambling industry. They first affected licence and permit holders at amusement arcades, betting shops, bingo hall, casinos, and prize gaming premises and then small society lottery registrations. 

Section 34 (Alcohol Licensed Premises) and Part II and Part III (Members Clubs) permit holders should be aware that if they wish to continue to have the facility of gaming machines, they must apply to convert it before it expires. Please take note of the information below.

Clubs

A club registered under Part II will be treated as if it holds a club gaming permit under the Act and a club registered under Part III will be treated as if it holds a club machine permit under the Act. These arrangements will expire on the date on which your current registration is due to expire and will be subject to a new code of practice (PDF opens in a new window)issued by the Gambling Commission.

If you wish to renew your permission before it expires you should apply to us for the relevant permit under the new Act at least two months before the date on which your registration is due to expire. At that stage the club registration will be converted into an actual club gaming or club machine permit. Where the application is made at least two months before the expiry of your existing permit, continuation rights will apply. You will be able to continue operating even if your application has not been resolved by the date of expiry. The fee to convert is £100.

If you do not wish to renew your permission when it expires no further action is required. Your permission to operate will expire on the date on which your registration would have expired.

Pubs and other alcohol-related premises

A pub or alcohol licensed premises which holds a Section 34 permit will be treated as if it were a licensed premises gaming machine permit/notification issued under the new Act until it expires and is subject to a new code of practice (PDF opens in a new window) issued by the Gambling Commission.

If you want to renew your permission before it expires, you need to tell us how many gaming machines you want to use at the premises. 

For one or two machines you should tell us that you intend to take advantage of the automatic entitlement under the new Act and apply for a licensed premises notification. The application fee is £50.

For three or more machines you should apply to us for a licensed premises gaming machine permit, two months before the date on which your permit is due to expire. Where the application is made at least two months before the expiry of your existing permit, continuation rights will apply. You will continue to be able to operate even if your application has not been resolved by that date.  The application fee to convert is £100.

If you do not wish to renew your existing permission when it expires, no further action is required because your permission to operate will expire on the date on which your Section 34 permit would have expired.

Contact us

Licensing section
Hull City Council
33 Witham 
Hull
HU9 1DB

Tel: 01482 300 301
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 554
Email: licensing.requests@hullcc.gov.uk

Contact the Gambling Commission

Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham
B2 4BP

Tel: 0121 230 6666
Fax: 0121 233 1096
Email: info@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

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