Gambling laws say that those who want to use a premises wholly or mainly for making gaming machines available for use - such as small arcades in holiday parks, theme parks and seaside resorts - can do so if they are granted a family entertainment centre ("FEC") gaming machine permit.
This type of permit cannot be issued to vessels or vehicles.
However those FECs who do not hold a gambling premises licence will only be able to offer category D machines only under this permit. Information on the different categories of gaming machines can be found on the Gambling Commission's website.
If the operator of a FEC wants to make category C machines available, in addition to category D machines, then they will need to apply for an operating licence from the Gambling Commission and then a gambling premises licence from us. Therefore holders of premises licence cannot apply for a FEC gaming machine permit for the same premises.
You can apply for a permit using the form below:
- Family entertainment centre gaming machine permit - application form (doc, 66 KB)
- Family entertainment centre gaming machine permits - guidance notes (doc, 1 MB)
- Premises licence fees (doc, 64 KB)
The form should be completed and returned to us with the relevant fee to: The Licensing Department, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Public Services Centre, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT.