There are three types of Club recognised under the Act:
- Members' clubs
These must have at least 25 members and be established or conducted wholly or mainly for purposes other than gaming (unless gaming is restricted to bridge or whist). The Club should not be established to make a commercial profit and should be controlled by its members for the benefits of its members. A members' club must be permanent in nature. Examples include working men's clubs, branches of the Royal British Legion and politically affiliated clubs. Although members clubs should generally be established or conducted for purposes other than gaming, regulations may permit certain types of gaming clubs. They may apply for Club Gaming or Club Machine Permits.
- Commercial clubs
These have the same characteristics as members clubs, except that they are established view a to make a profit. An example of such a club would be a snooker club. They may only apply for Club Machine Permits.
- Miners' welfare institutes
They are institutes and associations established for recreational or social purposes. They are managed by representatives of miners or use premises regulated by a charitable trust which has received funds from one of a number of mining organisations. They may apply for Club Gaming or Club Machine Permits.
Under Section 271 of the Act, the licensing authority may grant members' clubs and miners' welfare institutes (but not commercial clubs) Club Gaming Permits which authorise those establishments to provide gaming machines, equal chance gaming and games of chance as prescribed in regulations. This is in addition to the exempt gaming authorisation under Section 269 of the Act.
Club Gaming Permits allow the provision of no more than three gaming machines. These may be from Categories B4, C or D The Club is permitted to choose the combination of machines on its premises.
If a Club does not wish to have the full range of facilities permitted by a Club Gaming Permit or if they are a commercial club not permitted to provide non-machine gaming (other than exempt gaming under Section 269 of the Act), they may apply to the Authority for a Club Machine Permit under Section 273 of the Act. This authorises the holder to have up to three gaming machines of categories B4, C and D however commercial clubs cannot provide B3A gaming machines.