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Any person or business in unincorporated King County operating or permitting operation of any novelty amusement devices such as pinball, video, air hockey, dart and shuffleboard games, and pool tables must ensure that the games are licensed (Title 6* of the King County Code).

Potential types of businesses where these licenses might be required are taverns, lounges, bowling alleys, video arcades, pool halls, fast food stores, and restaurants.

The license fee for each amusement device is $100 per year. License fees for less than one year are pro-rated quarterly. The license year runs January through December with licenses expiring December 31st of each year. The license fee for shuffleboards is $50 per year, expiring a year from the date of application.

Pool table licenses are $100 per table up to a $500 maximum per establishment. Pool table licenses expire one year from the date of application.

To apply for a Pool Table license, do one of the following:

  • Download and complete the License Application for Pool Tables, available in PDF* (23KB) or fill-in MS Word* ((97KB) format
  • Call 206-296-6659 to request a form by mail.

To apply for all other Novelty Amusement Devices, do one of the following:

  • Download and complete the Novelty Amusement Device Application, available in PDF* (21KB) or fill-in MS Word* (88KB) format
  • Call 206-296-6659 to request a form by mail.

*Note: To view PDFs, free software from Adobe is required. Word documents require Microsoft software. For assistance, see helpful hints.

To request this information in alternate formats for people with disabilities, call 206-296-6600 or TTY Relay: 711.