Gaming Ordinance

Under State Code O.C.G.A. § 50-27-86, the City of Savannah is permitted to adopt an ordinance to regulate bona fide coin operated amusement machines or Class B machines. Savannah City Council approved an ordinance on June 20, 2019 to assist in regulating this industry.

The ordinance addresses the following items: 

  • Require license with the City for any business with a bona fide coin operated machine;
  • Prohibit licenses from being transferable; 
  • Require Annual Business Tax Certificate or adding gross annual sales receipts from Class B machines to existing Annual Business Tax Certificate;
  • Limit Class B machines to 6 machines per location;
  • Allow City to inspect gross receipts for machines; 
  • Post signage at establishment;
  • Outline operating regulations:
    • Keep devices in plain view
    • Inspect machines
    • Require attendant (18 yrs old)
    • Prohibit loitering
  • Allow City to suspend and revokes Alcoholic Beverage License for violations to the new ordinance; 
  • Allow for due process for suspected violators; and
  • Provide fines for violators—both businesses and recipients of any illegal payout

In July, City staff will host drop-in sessions for impacted parties to explain the new ordinance and answer any questions about the new regulation. Full implementation and enforcement of the ordinance is expected to begin by October 1, 2019.

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