Coin-Operated Machine Decals

Commercial Permitting and Enforcement - ARACPE1042
Contact
Administration & Regulatory Affairs
Commercial Permitting and Enforcement

Physical Address:

1002 Washington Ave., 1st floor
Houston, TX 77002

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1561
Houston, TX 77251

832.394.8803
8 am to 4 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Inspection
Not Required
Renewal
Required
Fee
$15 per decal
Renewal fee
$15 per decal
Valid Period
1 year (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31)
Processing Time
1 to 7 days

About

Owners who exhibit or display, or permits others to exhibit or display any coin-operated machine in the City of Houston shall pay an annual occupation tax equal to one-fourth of the State of Texas tax.

Coin-operated machines include, but are not limited to:

  • amusement redemption machines 
  • video games 
  • pool tables and other table games 
  • pinball machines 
  • music vending machines 
  • miniature bowling machines 
  • miniature golf machines
After Approval

Properly display each decal on the proper machine.

Applicant must pay tax and obtain decals for each year coin-operated machine is operated in the City of Houston.

Conditions & Exceptions

If the coin-operated machine is an amusement redemption machine, as defined by Ordinance, a Game Room permit must be obtained prior to the decals.

What You Need
  • Coin operated machine application that includes:
    • the serial number, make and model, type and designated service location of each coin-operated machine
    • Decals related to amusement redemption machines must be submitted on separate worksheets 
  • Applicant must have the authority to enter into transaction and have a State of Texas Coin Operator License
  • Valid driver's license
  • Method of payment: cash, check, cashier's check, money order, or debit/credit card
Apply in Person
  1. Bring the completed application, supporting documents and payment to the Houston Permitting Center.
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.
     
Conditions & Exceptions

Applications can be mailed or submitted by fax, but the applicant will be required to come to the Houston Permitting Center in order to pay and obtain the coin decals.

To request decals for newly acquired machines, complete the additional decals application. Fees are prorated quarterly.

What You Need
  • Renewal notice (mailed to each owner of previously registered machines at least 60 days prior to the account expiration date)
  • Method of payment: cash, check, cashier's check, money order, or debit/credit card 

If notice has not been received, contact 832-394-8803 and request a coin-operated decal application from ARA - Commercial Permitting & Enforcement.

Renew in Person
  1. Bring the renewal notice and payment to the Houston Permitting Center.
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.