Licensed premises gaming machine permit and notification

Any premises with a licence for the consumption of alcohol granted under the Licensing Act 2003 is entitled to apply for a gaming machine permit.

The licensing department can issue licensed premises gaming machine permits for three or more category C or D machines (see below for details), providing that the applicant is the person named on the liquor licence and that they pay the prescribed fee.

Other matters which are considered relevant to the application may be taken into account.

There is an automatic entitlement to make two gaming machines or less available for use in alcohol licensed premises.

To take advantage of this entitlement the person who holds the liquor licence, issued under the Licensing Act 2003, must give notice of their intention to make two or less gaming machines available for use, and must pay the prescribed fee of £50.

Applications must be made by the person or organisation who holds the Licensing Act 2003 “on premises” alcohol licence for the premises where the permit application is being made for. The premises must be within the Doncaster authority boundary.

However, an application may not be made if a premises licence, issued under the Gambling Act, is already in effect at the premises.

What are the categories of machines available?

Category of machine

Maximum stake

Maximum prize







*of which no more than £10 may be a money prize

Application process

Completed application forms and relevant fees should be sent to The Licensing Department at Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU

The application may be granted or refused. In granting the application the number and category of gaming machines authorised by the permit may be altered. If the application is granted, the permit will be issued as soon as possible. Where the application is refused the applicant will be notified as soon as possible with the reasons for refusal.

If the Local Authority is considering refusing or granting an application for a different number or category of machines, the applicant will be given notice and the opportunity to make representations (orally or in writing or both).

Once granted, a permit has no expiry date and will continue in force for so long as the premises continues to have an alcohol licence and that the holder of the permit continues to hold that licence.

There is an annual fee of £50 for this type of permit, which must be paid within 30 days of the permit becoming effective. After that an annual fee of £50 is payable on the anniversary of the grant date of the permit.

A permit can be cancelled if the holder fails to pay the annual fee and the permit can also lapse if the holder surrenders it to the licensing authority. Please note that the annual fee does not apply to a notification. 

The permit holder must keep the permit on the premises and it must be produced on request for inspection by the police, an enforcement officer or a Local Authority officer.

If the permit is lost, stolen or damaged, the holder may apply to the issuing authority for a copy. The application must be accompanied by the fee of £15.

For a fee of £25, the permit holder can apply to amend the permit to reflect a change in the holder’s name.

The holder may apply to change the number and/or category of machines authorised by the permit by making a variation application. This variation must be accompanied by a fee of £100.

The licensing authority may cancel a permit under certain specified circumstances which include:

  • if the premises are used wholly or mainly by children or young persons
  • if an offence under the Act has been committed.

In addition, a permit may be cancelled if the holder fails to pay the annual fee.

The Court may order that the permit be cancelled if the holder is convicted of a relevant offence.

Before a permit is cancelled the Council will:

  • notify the holder (giving 21 days’ notice of intention to cancel)
  • consider any representations made by the holder
  • hold a hearing if requested
  • comply with any other prescribed requirements relating to the procedure to be followed

When a permit is cancelled the cancellation does not take effect until the period for appealing against that decision has past, or, where an appeal is made, until the appeal is determined. The appeal is made via the Magistrate’s Court.

In addition, if the code of practice regarding the location and operation of a gaming machine is not complied with, the cancellation procedure is the same as that of a permit.


Notification fee*


Transitional application fee (existing s.34 holder)


New permit


First annual fee (payable 30 days after grant)


Annual fee (payable on anniversary of grant)


Vary a permit


Transfer a permit


*no annual fee is payable on a notification

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Last updated: 10 June 2021 18:00:31