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Amusement Permits

The Betting and Gaming (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 amends The Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (NI) Order 1985.

Article 10 – Amusement Permits

An Amusement Permit:

  • authorises the operation of gaming machines with a maximum all-cash prize of £25 (delivered directly from the machine) with an age restriction of over 18’s only within this area
  • authorises the operation of lower prize gaming machines, with no age restrictions on those who can play these machines (maximum prize value £8).

Issue of permit will be subject to the following conditions.

Where those under 18 are admitted to premises:

  • any £25 prize gaming machines are located in an area of the premises separated from the rest of the premises by an effective physical barrier
  • only those 18 or over are admitted to the area of the premises in which £25 machines are located
  • access to an area where £25 machines are located should be supervised by management
  • at any entrance to, and inside any area of the premises in which such machines are located, there are prominently displayed notices indicating that access by those under 18 is prohibited.

Where admission to the premises is restricted to those aged 18 or over:

  • no-one under 18 is admitted to the premises
  • at any entrance to and inside the premises, notices are prominently displayed indicating that access by those under 18 is prohibited.


  • the Council may refuse to renew the permit if the relevant conditions are not complied with.

Applications for renewal should be made before the expiry date of permit, otherwise the application will be treated as an application for Grant of Permit and legal advertisements will be required to be made by applicant.

Amusement Permit Fees

Permit with maximum all - cash prize of £25 £250
Permit with maximum all - cash prize of £8 £32

Cheques should be made payable to: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

How To Apply

Application forms can be obtained from:

Oifig an Iúir Oifig Dhún Pádraig
Newry Office Downpatrick Office
Licensing Section Licensing Section
O’Hagan House Downshire Civic Centre, Downshire Estate
Monaghan Row Ardglass Road
Newry BT35 8DJ Downpatrick BT30 6GQ

or by clicking on the links in the downloads section:

Contact Details

Email: licensing@nmandd.org

Telephone: 0330 137 4030

  • Amusement Permit - Application Pack