Gaming permits

information on gaming permits under the gambling act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005 provides for a number of different permits for various gambling activities, including gaming machines and prize gaming in alcohol licensed premises.

There are different categories of gaming machines covered by licences and permits.

Further information on different types of gaming machines, application form and the fees for different types of permits can be found at the bottom of this page.

Holders of permits for gaming machines are required to comply with codes of practice, drawn up by the Gambling Commission on the location and operation of machines. Information on these codes can be found on the Gambling Commission website.

Licensing authorities may only grant or reject an application for a permit. No conditions may be attached to a permit.

The types of permits that may be granted are as follows:

  • Unlicensed family entertainment centre permit
  • Club gaming permits and club machine permits
  • Alcohol licensed premises gaming machine permits
  • Prize gaming permits

In addition, licensing authorities are responsible for receiving, from owners of licensed premises, notifications that they intend to exercise their automatic entitlement to two gaming machines in their premises under section 282 of the Act.

Gambling permit documents

Contact the Licensing Team

Please note that these functions are administered by Southampton City Council's licensing team on behalf of Eastleigh Borough Council. 

Telephone: 023 8083 3002 (option 4, then option 2) 

Licensing Team 
Southampton and Eastleigh Licensing Partnership 
Civic Centre 
SO14 7LY

Document Exchange: DX 115710 Southampton 17

Opening hours:
Members of the Licensing Team are normally available on weekdays at the Civic Centre, Southampton, from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4pm to assist personal callers.