Gambling policy Part B

(Licensed) Family Entertainment Centres

These premises may provide category C and D gaming machines and require a premises licence. Children and young persons will be permitted to enter an FEC and may play on category D machines but will not be permitted to play on Category C machines.

The Council will specifically have regard to the need to protect children and vulnerable persons from harm or being exploited by gambling and will expect the applicant to satisfy the authority for example that there will be sufficient measures to ensure that under 18 year olds do not have access to the adult only gaming machine areas. This licensing authority will expect applicants to offer their own measures to meet the licensing objectives however appropriate measures / licence conditions may cover issues such as:

  • CCTV
  • Supervision of entrances / machine areas
  • Physical separation of areas
  • Location of entry
  • Notices / signage
  • Specific opening hours
  • Self exclusion schemes
  • Provision of information leaflets/ helpline numbers for organisations such as GamCare
  • Measures/ training for staff on how to deal with suspected truant school children on the premises.

This list is not mandatory, nor exhaustive, and is merely indicative of example measures.

The Council will have regard to the Gambling Commission’s guidance, and refer to the Commission’s website to see any conditions that apply to operator licences covering the way in which the area containing the category C machines should be delineated. The Council will also make itself aware of any mandatory or default conditions on these premises licences, when they have been published. This council would expect machines to be in a designated enclosed area (not walkways or corridors of a larger building) and to have staff appointed with responsibility for the protection of children and other vulnerable people.