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Club Permits

Under the Gambling Act 2005, certain types of clubs can apply for the following permits which allow gaming machines and some forms of gambling.

Club machine permit - this permit entitles clubs to offer up to three category B4 gaming machines. It does not permit any other type of gaming. It is the equivalent to a part III registration under the Gaming Act 1968.

Club gaming permit - this permit entitles clubs to offer up to three category B4 gaming machines, plus facilities for equal chance gaming (subject to certain limits which are prescribed by regulations.) It is the equivalent to a part II registration under the old 1968 Gaming Act.

Eligibility Criteria

A member’s club or miner’s welfare institute may apply for a club gaming permit. A member’s club, commercial club or miner’s welfare institute may apply for a club machine permit. If a member’s club holds a club premises certificate under the Licensing Act 2003 they are eligible to apply under a fast track procedure.  For more details please read the guidance notes on this page or contact us.

Regulation Summary

Gambling Act 2005

Gambling Commission’s webpage listing all secondary legislation

Application Evaluation Process

You must use the government prescribed form which can be downloaded from this page.

There are a number of statutory conditions relating to the way in which gaming machines are used, and you will also need to ensure compliance with the Gambling Commissions code of practice on the location and operation of gaming machines.  This can be found on the Gambling Commission website.

Will tacit consent apply?

No.  The Gambling Act 2005 is not subject to the EU Services Directive and tacit consent does not apply. 

Target completion date

Applications for a club gaming or club machine permit are subject to a 28 day notice period, unless the application is made under the fast track procedure by a club holding a club premises certificate under the Licensing Act 2003.  As such, non fast track applications will be determined as follows:

If there are no representations to the application, the licence will be granted 29 days from the day the Licensing Authority received the application.

If there are representations the application will go before a Licensing Sub-Committee and a decision will be made at the hearing.

Forms to download, print and post

If you wish to apply simply download each of the documents available on this page to form a complete application pack. We are not able to accept electronic applications under the Gambling Act 2005 as each application must bear a wet signature.  It is not possible to apply for a Gambling licence or permit online due to the legal requirement of a signature.


Please contact Leeds City Council in the first instance.  Any applicant, responsible authority or person making representation is able to appeal the Licensing Authority’s decision to a Magistrate’s Court within 21 days of the notice of decision.  Full details of how to appeal are provided with the Decision Notice.

Members of the public who are experiencing problems with gambling licensed premises should contact Leeds City Council to lodge a complaint which will be investigated by Entertainment Licensing’s Enforcement Team, or will be directed to the appropriate body.

Public registers or databases

Leeds City Council holds public registers of premises licence applications which can be accessed through the Public Access Portal.

Trade associations

Gambling Commission


Gamble Aware

Use of personal data

We are under a duty to protect the public funds we administer and to this end may use the information you provide in your application for the prevention and detection of fraud.  We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

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