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Club permits

The following information is relevant to -

  • holders of Part 2 or Part 3 registration under Gaming Act 1968
  • holders of Club Premises Certificate under Licensing Act 2003
  • persons who are thinking of setting up a club and also offering gaming or gaming machines to its members

Club gaming permit

Club gaming permits replace the permissions provided by Part 2 registration under the 1968 Gaming Act and authorise the use of three or less gaming machines from categories B3A, B4, C or D, equal chance gaming and games of chance as prescribed in regulations.
 
Club gaming permit applications are most likely to be made by members’ clubs and miners’ welfare institutes.

Commercial clubs, such as snooker club chains, cannot provide non-machine gaming, other than games which are classed as exempt gaming (see below for details).

Club machine permits

Club machine permits replace the permissions provided by Part 3 registration under the 1968 Gaming Act.

If a club does not wish to have the full range of facilities permitted by a club gaming permit, and just wants gaming machines only, they may apply for a club machine permit.

A club machine permit authorises the holder to have up to three gaming machines of categories B3A (however, this category is not available for commercial clubs) B4, C and D.

Commercial clubs, as well as members’ clubs and miners’ welfare institutes, may apply for a club machine permit.

Exempt gaming in clubs

Certain games may take place in clubs without needing a club gaming permit, and will be classed as ‘exempt gaming’, so long as certain conditions are observed as below.

Poker

  • the maximum amount staked by a person on any game of poker does not exceed £10
  • the aggregate of the amounts staked on games of poker in any one day does not exceed £250
  • the aggregate of the amounts that may be staked on games of poker in any period of seven days does not exceed £1,000
  • the maximum amount or value of a prize that may be won in any game of poker is £250

Bridge, whist or other kinds of gaming

The maximum participation fee that a club may charge a person to allow them to participate in a particular kind of game on any one day is -

  • £18 in respect of bridge or whist (provided that no facilities for any kinds of gaming other than bridge or whist are provided by the relevant club on that day)
  • £1 in respect of offering facilities for bridge and whist as well as other kinds of gaming on same day
  • or in the case of a commercial club that holds a club machine permit, £3




Codes of Practice for gaming machines in clubs

Holders of club gaming permits or club machine permits should have regard to the Code of Practice (link opens in a new window) issued by the Gambling Commission. It makes reference to conditions for the location and operation of machines and also best practice for self exclusion and for access to gambling by children and young persons.

Fees

Grant £200
Grant (club premises certificate holder) £100
Existing operator grant £100
Variation £100
Renewal £200
Renewal (club premises certificate holder) £100
Annual fee £50
Copy of permit £15

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 Humberside Police Licensing Team

‘D’ Division Licensing
Humberside Police
Priory Road Police Station
Kingston upon Hull
HU5 5SF

Tel: (01482) 220 344
Fax: (01482) 220 291


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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