pennymachines wrote:In practice, vintage arcades have operated gaming machines (including mechanical bandits) for many years now, without recourse to GC licensing. As far as I'm aware, this is possible because at least some local councils recognise them as primarily tourist/museum attractions, not gaming rooms.... An arcade operating machines on old coinage with a policy of not buying back the coins would seem to have a good defence against the gaming charge.
This is what I suspected and was the reason for the original questions.
We've established that you don't need an operating licence from the gambling commission if you have machines that do not offer a prize, or the prize is worth the same or less than the money paid to play the machine. If we assume that you fill your premises with old penny machines that fulfill that criteria, then it would appear to follow that you haven't actually got an arcade or family entertainment centre to apply for sui generis planning usage.
So which planning use class is required? Is it A1 "Shops and Retail Outlets", D1 "Museums/Public or Exhibition Halls", or something else? Oh, hang on, we're back to the start again!....