Amusement with Prizes

Video games and machines that pay prizes due to customer "skill" rather than gambling do NOT require a permit.

Machines that are for gambling (not skill) DO require a permit are amusement with prize machines – sometimes known as "one armed bandits" or "fruit machines."   The requirements and fees are laid down by Government.

The licence holder for premises licensed for the sale of alcohol (pubs) can notify us where they wish to have two or fewer machines.  The cost is £50.

Where more than two machines are wanted in a pub, application for a Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permit" is required; the application cost is £150 (£100 for an existing operator) plus £50 per year.

Different rules exist for Member's Clubs – they have a choice of club gaming permits" or club machine permits".

Publicans\ clubs who have a current permit or registration don't need to do anything until it expires - even if the newly converted premises licence is in a different name to that on their original Justice's licence. If a business is sold, the buyer will have to apply to us for a new authorisation.

It is a legal requirement that permit holders comply with the new codes of practice detailing such matters as where machines can be used – these are available from the Gambling Commission website.

More information including factsheets and application forms is available.

Anyone suffering nuisance due to noise, smells or similar because of a commercial premises should contact the Environmental Protection team to see if we can help (email, phone 01527 881395. Grant of a licence doesn't mean that we've given planning permission: consent under town and country planning law may still be required. Please contact our Planning Services on 01386 565565.

Further Information

All Licensing and Environmental Health Matters are now dealt with by Worcestershire Regulatory Services.

For direct public enquiries and referrals:

General Customer Enquiries


Telephone: 01905 822799

Fax: 01905-617132

Worcestershire Regulatory Services