Please read our information about permits for gaming machines before you apply.
How to apply
If you want to run a family entertainment centre or amusement arcade with unlimited category D gaming machines you'll need to apply for a permit.
You'll need to fill in an application form and send this to us.
You'll need to give:
- your details
- details of the premises
- a declaration that you occupy or propose to occupy the premises and are over 18
- a plan of the premises
You can find out about restrictions on gaming machines in unlicensed family entertainment centres in our guide to applying for gambling act licences.
You'll be charged a fee for this application. Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.
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You will need a chequebook or to telephone us with your credit or debit card details.
You'll need a plan of the premises.
When we receive your application we'll check it to make sure it's been completed correctly. We'll telephone you if there is anything else we need.
As soon as we have the complete application and all the information we need, we'll accept it. We will then consult with the police and they will have the opportunity to make a representation.
If the police don't make a representation your application will be granted and we'll send you your permit in the post.
If a representation is received then a hearing must be heard before members of the licensing sub-committee unless all parties agree this isn't necessary.
After the hearing we'll write to you with the decision.
What you can do if you haven't heard from us
If at least 35 days have passed since you gave us your completed application and you haven't heard from us you can act as though your application is granted.
If you are submitting your application by post then this will only apply when you can show proof of delivery from the Post Office or a recognised courier.
Timescales for processing an application do not start until all the necessary information has been received in full
Length of permit
An unlicensed family entertainment centre gaming machine permit will last for 10 years. You'll need to apply to renew it at least six months before the expiry date.
What you can do if your application is unsuccessful
Please contact us in the first instance:
The Licensing Manager, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL
Tel: 01395 517410
If an application for a permit is refused you can appeal.
All appeals must be made to a magistrates court within 21 days of notice of the decision:
North and East Devon Magistrates Court, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter, EX1 1UH
Tel: 01392 415300
You can deliver your application to our offices.
If you would like to come into the office and speak to us about your application then please telephone to make an appointment.