Surrendering a gaming machine licence
Surrender a gaming machine licence
When surrendering a gaming machine licence in Queensland, you will need to consider what to do with the electronic gaming machines (EGMs) currently held under the licence.
A sale of gaming machine operating authorities would apply if you hold a commercial hotel licence.
For licensed clubs, you would sell your gaming machine entitlements.
In either case, you would also need to dispose of gaming machines by sale or destruction. This also applies when you want to decrease the number of EGMs at a licensed venue.
You must contact OLGR if you intend to surrender your gaming machine licence.
See what forms and fees may be needed when reporting the surrender of a gaming machine licence.
Hotel gaming machine operating authorities sales
All operating authorities attached to the surrendered category 1 (hotel) licence must be sold at an authorised sale.
The surrender may also be conditional upon their sale to allow you to continue to operate the gaming machines until the associated authorities are sold at tender.
Read Gaming guideline G06: Authorised sale of hotel operating authorities for more information.
Notification requirements for hotels
You will need to complete the parts of a surrender notification of gaming machine licence (Form 12) that relate to hotels and submit the form along with the current gaming machine licence document (this must be the original – a photocopy is not acceptable).
Make sure to read the form carefully to learn what other supporting documents are required.
The surrender will take effect 3 months after the notification of surrender is given, unless you request an earlier day that we approve.
Club gaming machine entitlements sales
Clubs surrendering their gaming machine licence must permanently transfer all entitlements within 2 years of the surrender date. Any entitlements not permanently transferred in this time will become entitlements of the State.
Transfer of EGM entitlements between clubs can be on a temporary or permanent basis.
Read Gaming guideline G07: Authorised sale of club gaming machine entitlements for more information.
Notification requirements for clubs
You will need to complete the parts of a surrender notification of gaming machine licence (Form 12) that relate to clubs and submit it along with:
- the current gaming machine licence document (the original)
- a certified copy of the minutes of the meeting where the decision was made to surrender the licence (the document must be certified as a true copy by the secretary or other properly authorised person)
- if applicable, an application for permanent transfer of gaming machine entitlements between clubs (Form 77).
Make sure you read each form carefully to learn what other supporting documents are required.
- View current, pending and recently approved gaming machine licence applications.
- View electronic gaming machine statistics for Queensland.
- Read the Gaming Machine Act 1991.
- Last reviewed: 25 Feb 2020
- Last updated: 29 Oct 2020
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