The complete guide to make fruit machines legitimately accessible in pubs

So, you guessed it, now is a great time for a quick guide to making fruit machines legitimately accessible in pubs. Beginning with the essentials, licensed grounds can offer their fruit machines to the punters if, and only if:

  • They benefit from an on-licence.
  • They encompass a bar at which alcohol is provided for drinking on site.
  • There is no obligation that alcohol is supplied only with foodstuffs.

If you observe the rules above, patrons can use fruit machines at periods when alcohol may be provided in dependence of the licence, or Scotland’s case, sold for drinking on the premises. Pubs are allowed fruit machines well-defined as category C or D. Category C fruit machines, have an upper limit of a £1 stake, and a maximum prize of £70. The biggest stake and reward for category D machines hinges on the type of machine. Cash rewards are restricted to £5 and up to £50 for non-cash prizes handed over by machines such as claw machines. The majority of pubs have category C machines. Category D machines are more frequently seen in bowling alleys, at a cinema complex arcade, other larger entertainment places, and occasionally the bigger sized pubs. To profit from these gaming machines you must either:

  • For one or two machines, inform your licensing power that you will be making the gaming machines accessible for use on the grounds and pay a £50 charge.
  • If you want three or more machines then you must submit an application to the licensing authority for a certified premises gaming machine permit, declaring the number of C or D category machines you wish to acquire.
  • For greater quantities of machines, you may need to have your request deliberated by the licensing committee at a committee type meeting. You must pay out a £150 fee for the request and once approved there is a £50 yearly charge too. If the yearly fee is not given over, the licensing organisation will withdraw your licence.

It’s only the owner of the buildings licence who can say that they’re profiting from the automatic entitlement or request a permit. In most situations, the cause of the pub not having authorisation for their machines was that a handover of the alcohol licence had been undertaken and no thought was given to the machines though.

If you hand over a premises licence, and you have one or two machines, then the incoming premises licence owner must inform the council that they mean to benefit from the automatic entitlement. Likewise, if the pub grounds benefits from a licensed premises gaming machine permit the contender for the allocation of the alcohol licence must also submit an application to transfer the permit into their name as well. It’s worth re-examining the rules on the position of machines from time to time, to make sure everything is running smoothly and avoid any unwanted visits from the authorities.

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