There are 3 categories of club:
- members' clubs
- commercial clubs
- miners' welfare clubs.
Both members and commercial clubs have to have at least 25 members and be established permanently. Clubs must normally be established for a purpose over than the provision of facilities for gaming, however, it is possible for a club to be established for conducting gaming of a prescribed kind so long as no other gaming is carried on.
If the applicant only intends to provide gaming machines and no other gaming facilities which are available under a club gaming permit you should apply for a club machine permit.
A club machine permit allows a club to have 3 gaming machines of categories B3A, B4, C and D. Commercial clubs are not permitted to have category B3A machines on the premises. Any existing registration certificates under parts 2 and 3 of the Gaming Act 1968 will be able to operate until those certificates expire.
To apply for a club gaming permit the applicant must complete the application and submit it to the licensing team along with the fee of £200. Applicants that hold a Club Premises Certificateissued under the Licensing Act 2003 can apply under a fast track procedure.
Club Machine Permit application form (pdf 38kb)
A copy of the application must be sent to the Gambling Commission and the police within 7 days. These organisations have 28 days from the acceptance of the application form to make a representation. If a representation is made then it will have to be heard by the licensing committee. If the applicant is applying under the fast track procedure they do not have to serve a copy of the application on the responsible authorities.
List of responsible authorities (word 75kb)
Applications can be submitted by post to the Licensing Team, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BA or via a customer service centre. Please use our customer service centre finder to locate your nearest centre.
Payment can be made by cheque made payable to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, by credit or debit card over the telephone or at cashiers at a customer service centre.
A permit can be refused if the applicant is not a qualifying club or miners welfare institute or if the premises is mainly used by children or young people.; A permit can also be refused if the applicant has a previous gaming related conviction, has breached a condition of the permit, or where a previous permit has been cancelled within the last 10 years, or objections are received from the Gambling Commission or police.
If the application is refused the applicant will received notification with a statement of reason for the refusal.
If the application is granted the permit will be sent to the applicant by post. The holder of the permit must comply with the codes of practice for the location and operation of gaming machines as set out in the Gambling Act 2003 and no person under the age of 18 shall use a category C or B machine.
The permit will be issued for 10 years. Applicants that applied under the fast track procedure will be issued a licence indefinitely as long as the club premises certificate remains in force.
An annual fee of £50 is payable within 30 days after the application is made and then annually on the grant date of the permit. If the annual fee is not paid the permit will lapse. The permit would also lapse if it is surrendered, cancelled or forfeited.