Arcades

Do I need a licence for an arcade?

There are three different types of arcade which require an authorisation issued by the Licensing team

 Unlicensed family entertainment centre (UFEC)

This type of arcade can provide unlimited category D machines for use by adults and children.

Applicants must apply for a Family Entertainment Permit (FEC)

Licensed family entertainment centre (FEC)

This type of arcade can provide unlimited category D machines and unlimited category C machines

However, all of the category C machines must be placed in a separate area with restricted access and use to over 18's only.  It is the responsibility of the licence holder to ensure that children cannot enter the over 18's area and access the machines.

Applicants must apply for a premises licence under the Gambling Act 2005

Adult Gaming Centre

This type of arcade is restricted to use by over 18's only.  It is the responsibility of the licence holder to ensure that anyone under the age of 18 cannot enter or view the inside of the premises.

The following machines can be provided:

  • Unlimited C and D machines
  • A number of category B machines totalling no more than 20% of the overall gaming machines available for use.

Applicants must apply for a premises licence under the Gambling Act 2005

For details of machine stakes and prizes click here

Arcades that provide the following types of machines would not require a licence

  • Quiz machine
  • Pinball machines
  • Computer games

Please note: A machine is not a skill with prizes machine if it is made to look like a game of chance, for example:

  • Roulette
  • Blackjack
  • Bingo
  • Poker

In this instance, the appropriate authorisation must be obtained from the licensing team.

 For further advice please click here to contact the licensing team

Click here for the Gambling Commission website which can provide further information on gaming machines.

If you require further information on the taxation of gaming machines click here

How do I apply for a family entertainment centre permit?

Small arcades, for example holiday parks, theme parks and holiday resorts may hold a UFEC (unlicensed family entertainment centre) machine permit.

An UFEC can provide unlimited category D machines for use by adults and children.

To apply for a UFEC click here for the application form and provide an appropriate plan of the premises (click here for further information) submit all of this to the licensing team by clicking here  The relevant fee will be required click here for the list of fees

Applications can also be submitted by post to:

Licensing Team

Selby District Council

Doncaster Road

Selby

YO8 9FT

Before you apply for a permit we recommend that you read the Council's Policy

Once the application has been submitted, the licensing authority will determine the application within 10 working days.

If the permit is granted, the applicant will be sent the permit in the post.

The permit must be displayed in a prominent position on the premises. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to ensure that the FEC conforms with the Gambling Act 2005 regulations.

How long with the permit last?

A family entertainment centre permit, unless surrendered, lapsed or forfeited will normally last for 10 years. Such a permit cannot be transferred.  The new occupier must apply for a new permit.

What if the applicant wants to add Category C machines?

If the unlicensed FEC permit holder decides that they want to have category C machines in addition to category D machines, they will have to apply for an operating licence from the Gambling Commission and an FEC licence. An annual fee will then be payable to the licensing team.

Does tacit consent apply to this licence?

No