Gaming machines

Licence Expert With Over A Decade Of Knowledge In The Gambling Industry

Debbie Bollard, a gaming machines licence expert, is the owner of Hough & Bollard - a niche consultancy specialising in gambling licensing for land-based Operators in the Gambling Industry. With over ten years’ experience in the gambling licences industry, including as a gaming licences solicitor, Debbie is equipped with the specialist knowledge and expertise to advise on gaming licences in the UK. Debbie has extensive experience of dealing with the day-to-day licensing requirements of firms; advising on how to apply for licences successfully and helping to take the strain out of obtaining and maintaining your business licences.

Gaming Machines Licence Process

The supply and use of gaming machines in the UK are governed by the Gambling Act 2005, and they are categorised according to the stakes and prizes.  As a business, you will need an Operating Licence to manufacture, supply, maintain or repair gaming machines.  If you have gaming machines in your premises, you will need a Premises Licence or Permit and probably need an Operating Licence too.  The only exception is where a pub or club has notified a local authority that it has two category C/D gaming machines permitted under its Alcohol Premises Licence.

Categories of Gaming Machines

Any business that offers the sale or supply of alcohol and the provision of regulated entertainment or late night refreshments in England and Wales will need to hold an appropriate Licence or Permit.  Without the correct authorisation, any business offering the sale or supply of alcohol, regulated entertainment or late night refreshments may be committing a criminal offence which can result in prosecution.

Machine CategoryMaximum StakeMinimum PrizePermitted LocationMaximum No Machines
B1£5£10,000CasinosDependant on type of Casino
Betting Shops & Tracks with pool betting
Dependant on type of Casino
4 in combination with cat B -D
Betting Shops & Tracks with pool betting
Bingo Premises & AGCs
Dependant on type of Casino
4 in combination with cat B -D
Max 20% of total no. gaming machines available
B3A£2£500Member's clubs or miner's
welfare institutes
Betting shops & Tracks with pool betting
Bing premises & AGCs
Member's clubs or miner's welfare institutes
Dependant on type of casino
4 in combination with cat B -D
Max 20% of total no. gaming machines available
Betting shops & Tracks with pool betting
Bing premises, AGCs & FECs
Member's clubs, miner's welfare institutes
or commercial club
Dependant on type of casino
4 in combination with cat B -D
No limit
D Money Prize
D Non-Money Prize
D Crane grab
D Combined money & non-money
D Coin pusher/penny fall
Betting shops & Tracks with pool betting
Bingo Premises, AGCs FECs & uFECs
Member's clubs, miner's welfare institutes or commercial club
Dependant on type of casino 4 in combination with cat B -D No limit 3 2 with a Notification or 3 with
a Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permit

Why work with Hough & Bollard?

Sound advice on gaming machine licences for gaming machine businesses

Hough & Bollard has been acting for Operators who manufacture and supply gaming machines, since the changes to the UK gambling laws. Hough & Bollard works with a variety of clients including start-ups, SMEs and family businesses that have operated in the industry for several generations. A testament to the businesses gaming licence expertise, many clients are recommended from existing clients.

Cost-effective, high-quality services for small, independent operators

Hough & Bollard understands that not all businesses can afford city prices but strive to deliver the same bespoke service for the independent Operators. Hough & Bollard's focus is on achieving a successful outcome for clients; key strengths are pragmatism and hard work to deliver clear, practical and competent advice on gaming licences in the UK.

Working in conjunction with the Gambling Commission ensures successful outcomes every time

Hough & Bollard routinely acts on behalf of clients in applications to the Gambling Commission to secure a successful result. A member of the Industry Lawyers Forum, which meets at the Gambling Commission several times a year, enables the company to keep up to speed on developments and potential changes affecting the gambling industry.

Darren Wyld & Sean Tee

“We have used Debbie Hough Bollard on numerous occasions as she is very knowledgeable of the gaming industry. We have also recommended her services as a consultant to other operators as we are very confident of her professionalism and communications and know from experience that she will put 100% into every job.”

Premier Gaming Limited

Jonathon Crystal

"Obtaining my operator's licence was made so much easier with Debbie's expertise and guidance. I found I received a very swift, professional and friendly service for a very fair and realistic fee. I would highly recommend Debbie"

BMJ Supplies LTD

Sofia Baguely

"Debbie gave me advice on alcohol licensing, and she was very prompt with her reply and very professional and helpful. I would highly recommend Debbie, and she left an excellent impression on me with her approachable yet very professional attitude. Thanks again, Debbie!!"

Sofia's Columbian Kitchen

Steve Ledger

"I would not hesitate to use your services again in the future and would, and I will highly recommend your services to my business colleagues."

Finance Director Retail Associates Limited

Richard Monk

"One of the only specialists in this complex field giving advice you can depend on"

Aztec Coin Equipment Ltd

Viren Nathwani

Debbie has assisted us over the last year in varied employment-related issues. She has a great knowledge of employment law which has enabled us to take the necessary actions as and when they fell due. She responds quickly to any queries as sometimes, time has been important in making the right decisions.

BPC Electronics Ltd

Aman Goraya

What you get with Debbie is a Licensing Consultant who has your back, she will fight tooth and nail for what she believes is right and is as excited as you are when you reach the goal you both set out to do. Debbie takes every case personally and cares about her clients, I cannot recommend Debbie highly enough as an expert in Gambling/Gaming Legislation

Director Pure Gaming Limited

Christina Casey

 “We instructed Debbie Hough Bollard to liaise with our two Licencing authorities and the Gambling Commission when we restructured our company. Debbie dealt with all the paperwork and issues that came about quickly and efficiently and she made the whole process very easy for me. I would highly recommend her for any HR and licencing issues that you may have”.

Lordsdale Group

Joseph Lyons Mound

“Lyons Holiday Parks has grown substantially over the last ten years to become one of the largest family-owned caravan park operators in North Wales.  Throughout this period Debbie, with her expertise and utmost professionalism has supported the company in handling all dealings with the Gambling Commission”. 

Director Lyons Holiday Parks

Viren Nathwani

"Debbie has assisted us over the last few years in ensuring we comply with all the gambling licensing requirements as and when they have arisen. She is very approachable and her knowledge and understanding of the requirements are excellent."

Mediatheme Ltd


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