Gaming

What is a club gaming permit?

A club gaming permit is available to members' clubs or miners' welfare institutes, but not commercial clubs to offer: 

Equal chance gaming such as poker and bingo

games of chance (pontoon and chemin de fer only)

up to 3 gaming machines in total in categories B3A, B4, C or D, but by agreement, only one machine can be of category B3.

Restrictions on the gaming are: 

no limits on stakes or prizes, except bingo where there is stakes and prizes limit of £2,000 in any 7 day period 

limit on participation fees, per person, per day £20 for bridge and or whist (if played on a day on which no facilities of any kinds of gaming (other than bridge or whist)are provided by the relevant club on that day). £3.00 for the other gaming (including poker) in any other circumstance. 

Club Machine Permit

A club machine permit is available to member's clubs, miners' welfare institutes, and commercial clubs.  It allows the clubs to offer:

  • equal chance gaming
  • up to 3 gaming machines in total of categories B3A, B4. C or D, but by agreement, only one machine can be category B3A (B3A cannot be permitted in commercial clubs)

Restrictions on gaming are:

  • limits on stakes and prizes for bingo is £2,000 in any 7 day period 
  • limit on stakes for poker, £10 per person per game, with a premises limit of £250 in stakes per day and a £1000 a week
  • limit on prizes for poker - £250 per game 
  • limit on participation fees per person per day - £18 for bridge/whist (if played on a day on which no facilities of any kind of gaming (other than bridge or whist) are provided by the relevant club on that day), £1 for other gaming (including poker) £3 where it' a commercial club.

Duration of club gaming and machine permits

A club gaming permit or club machine permit last for 10 years unless it ceases to have effect because it is surrendered or lapses.  

However, a club gaming permit or machine permit that was granted under a fast track procedure (by those clubs with a club premises certificate under the Licensing Act 2003) Does NOT expire and only ceases to have effect if it is surrendered, cancelled or forfeited or it lapses because the club premises certificate is not in place.

Conditions for gaming

  • No child or young person (under 18) can use category C machines on the premises
  • the permit holder needs to comply with any relevant provision of the Gambling Commission code of practice regarding the location and operation of the gaming machines

In order to qualify for an exemption, the gaming in a club must meet the conditions set out in Section 269 of the Act (examples would include bingo, poker and bridge)

  • stakes and prizes must be in accordance with any rules or limits prescribed in the regulations
  • the club must not deduct any amounts from sums staked or won in the gaming
  • any charge for participation must not exceed amounts prescribed in the regulations
  • the games played may only take place on one set of premises; meaning they may not be any linking of games between premises; games may be considered linked if the game is split by sites so that part of one game is played elsewhere and; the result of one game is, or maybe wholly or partly determined by reference to the result of the other game
  • the amount of winnings is wholly or partly determined by the participation of more than one set of players 
  • In the case of members' clubs and miners' welfare institutes only, people may only participate in the gaming if they have been a member (or applied or were nominated for membership) at least 48 hours before playing, or who are genuine guests of such a person.

Who can apply for a club gaming permit?

A members' club or miners' welfare institute may apply to the licensing team for a club gaming permit.

Members' clubs must have at least 25 members and be established and conducted "wholly or mainly" for purposes other than gaming, unless the gaming is permitted under separate regulations. This covers bridge and whist clubs.  A members' club must be permanent in nature, not established to make a profit and is controlled by its members equally.  Examples include working men's clubs, branches of the Royal British Legion and clubs with political affiliations. 

With regards to miner's welfare institutes, the definition of this type of club has changed to reflect social and economic changes since their establishment.  These are associations:

  • establishments for recreational or social purposes 
  • miners or use premises regulated by a charitable trust which has received funds from one of a number of mining organisations.

How do I apply for a club gaming permit?

To apply for a club machine permit you must complete the application form and send it to the licensing team along with the fee of £200 (if you already hold a club premises certificate issued under the Licensing Act 2003 you can apply under the fast-track procedure) 

Click here to download the gaming machine permit application 

Applications can be submitted to: licensing@selby.gov.uk or  submitted to Access Selby or posted to:

Licensing Team, Selby District Council, Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby, YO8 9FT

Payment can be made by cheque to Selby District Council or by calling 01757 705101

If you are applying under the fast-track procedure this means that you do not have to send a copy of your application to the Gambling Commission or the Police and there is no provisions of objection to your application. 

The applicant can only be refused in the following circumstances:

  • that the applicant is established or conducted wholly or mainly for the purposes of the provision of facilities for gaming, other than gaming of a prescribed kind
  • that the applicant is established or conducted wholly or mainly for the purposes of the provision of facilities for gaming, other than gaming of a prescribed kind, and also provides facilities for gaming of another kind, or
  • that a club gaming permit issued to the applicant has been cancelled during the period of 10 years ending with the date of the application.  If such circumstances, we must hold a hearing to consider the application in light of the above

All other applicants must within a period of 7 days (beginning on the date on which the application is made) send a copy of the application to the Gambling Commission and the Police. Click here for the Responsible Authority list.

The Police and the Gambling Commission has 28 days to make any objection.

At the end of the 28 day period, the application maybe granted or refused.  We may only refuse an application for a permit on one or more of the following grounds: 

  • that the applicant is not a members' club or a miners' welfare institute
  • that the premises on which an applicant conducts its activities are used wholly or mainly by children, by young persons or by both
  • that an offence, or a breach of a condition of a permit, has been committed in the course of gaming activities carried on by the applicant
  • that a permit held by the applicant has been cancelled during the period of 10 years ending with the date of the application, or
  • that an objection to the application has been received from either the Police or the Gambling Commission

Before refusing an application we must hold a hearing to consider the application and any objections received per above.  If your application is refused you will be informed in writing along with the reason for the refusal. 

If your application is granted you will be sent your permit in the post.  The permit must be put on display in a prominent position at the premises and all gaming must be run in line with the codes of practice as set out in the Gambling Act 2005.

A permit last for 10 year unless applied for under a fast-track procedure when it will last indefinitely.  There is an annual fee of £50.  The first annual fee must be paid within 30 days of the permit being granted. The annual fee must then be paid on or before the anniversary of the grant date each year.  If the annual fee is not paid the permit will lapse.

What is exempt gaming?

Some gaming is exempt under the provisions.  There are provisions for casino and bingo nights, race nights, poker, gaming in clubs and gaming machines in alcohol licensed premises. 

The Gambling Commissions website gives useful information on exempt gaming: 

Bingo - Gambling Commission

Fundraising with gaming - Gambling Commission and additional information here

How do I renew my gaming permission?

A gaming permit lasts for 10 years unless applied for under the fast-track procedure when it will last indefinitely.

For club gaming permits there is an annual fee of £50, the first annual fee must be paid within 30 days of the permit being granted.  The annual fee must then be paid on or before the anniversary of the grant date each year.  If the annual fee is not paid the permit will lapse.

An application to renew a permit must be submitted to the licensing department no earlier than 3 months and no later than 6 weeks before the date that the permit is due to expire.

To renew you must complete the application and return it to the licensing team along with the fee and the original permit.

Click here to download the prize gaming permit  application 

Applications can be submitted directly to: Licensing@selby.gov.uk or posted to the following address:

Licensing Team

Selby District Council

Civic Centre

Doncaster Road

Selby

YO8 9FT

Alternatively you can submit at Access Selby, Market Cross.

How do I pay my annual fee?

The permit lasts for 10 years unless you applied under the fast-track procedure when it last indefinitely.  There is an annual fee of £50.  The first annual fee is due within 30 days of the permit being granted.  The annual fee must then be paid on or before the anniversary of the grant of the permit each year.  If the annual fee is not paid the permit will lapse.

You can pay your annual fee by calling 01757 705101 or by cheque made payable to Selby District Council to Licensing, Selby District Council, Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby, YO8 9FT

Who regulates gaming?

The gambling Act 2005 regulates gaming in the following situations: arcades, bingo, betting, gaming machines, lotteries race tracks, gaming, casinos and United Kingdom based remote gambling. It does not regulate the National Lottery. 

The Gambling Act 2005 has 3 objectives, these are:

  • prevent gambling from a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime and disorder or being used to support crime. 
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

The following organisations are responsible for the day to day regulation of the Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Commission

The Local Authority 

Click here to be directed to the Gambling Commission website for further details on their powers

The Act covers 2 main activities:

providing facilities for gambling

using premises for gambling

In either case, you must hold the appropriate permission. Permission may come from a licence, permit or registration granted according to the Act, or from an exemption given by the Act.

How do I know if a gambling activity is authorised?

The licensing team keep a register of all permits and licences that have been issued for the Selby District Council area. Please contact licensing by clicking here for a list of these permissions.

How to I report suspicious gambling activity or make a complaint about an authorised premises?

If you want to report suspicious gambling activity or make a complaint you can contact the licensing team by clicking here  please provide us with as much information as possible so that we can investigate the complaint.

You may also report the issue to the Gambling Commission via their website, please click here

There are a number of offences under the Gambling Act 2005, click here for the list of these