Shropshire Council

Family entertainment centre

Am I eligible to apply for a family entertainment centre?

Yes, if you're the occupier/proposed occupier of premises intended to be used by the applicant as a family entertainment centre. A licensed family entertainment centre (FEC) is classified as ‘premises’ and only premises that are wholly or mainly used for making gaming machines available may hold an FEC premises licence. As a result, it is generally not permissible for such premises to correspond to an entire shopping centre, airport, motorway service station or similar. Typically, the machines would be in a designated and enclosed area.

What is it for?

If you're running a family entertainment centre under a permit from us, you can operate category D machines and bingo prize gaming machines. Use the gaming machine categories link on this page to find out more.

Who needs one?

Anyone wishing to make a new application for a club or family entertainment centre permit, or to convert an existing one, or to change the name on one.

How much will it cost?

There is a fee for issuing this document, which is taken when you apply.

What will I need before I apply?

  • Completed application form
  • Fee
  • See application form for additional requirements

Apply now

Download the form, complete it on your home computer, and email it to

Download the form

Download the form, print it out, fill it in and post your application along with the fee if applicable to:

The Licensing Team, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND

Download the form