Pub and Club Fruit Machine Questions

Feb 1, 20240 comments

We get asked a lot of questions about fruit machines online and by phone. So, we thought we would answer a few of the common questions on here for people’s information. If you have a question that is not covered on our blogs, please email, or call to chat over.

Q – How many fruit machines can a pub have?

A- Pubs in England have an automatic entitlement to two AWP’s (Amusement with Prize) or commonly known as fruit machines. They can have more but will need to apply to their local council for a permit to allow extra machines. We have seen eight fruit machines in a busy pub; however, this is unusual.

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Q – How many fruit machines can a social club have?

A – The maximum number of fruit machines every Category A club can have is three. Of these three machines only one can be a B3A machine.

Q – Can I have a fruit machine in my takeaway?

A – No. The Gambling Act 2005 changed the law on AWP’s (Amusement with prize) or commonly known as fruit machines, to rule they are no longer allowed in any type of takeaways, cafes or taxi offices.

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Q – How much does it cost to hire a fruit machine?

A – There are no costs to hire a fruit machine as gaming machines are ow generally hired on a revenue share basis.

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Q – Do you need a licence to have a fruit machine in a pub?

A- A pub needs to have two things in place to have a fruit machine on their premises for play. Firstly, an application to their local council for an AWP (Amusement with prize) permit application. This is a straightforward process and if you are only planning to have two AWP’s you have an automatic entitlement. Each council charges a different fee with their application. The second thing to do is register with HMRC for MGD (Machine Games Duty). We will go into more detail on this in the next blog post.

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Q – Do I need to register for MGD (Machine Games Duty) to have a fruit machine for my pub and what is it?

A – Yes all pubs that have a fruit machine for customers to play need to register with HMRC FOR MGD. Custom & Excise gaming machine licences were scrapped and replaced with MGD. HMRC tax gaming machine profit on Cat C £100 fruit machines at 20%. Meaning 20% of the profit from your machine must be declared and registered as MGD. It is a simple process, and we can help you with this.