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    Game Room Regulations

    On November 12, 2019, Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved the regulations of operations of game rooms in Tarrant County.  Subsequently, Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved the first amendment to the Tarrant County Game Room Regulations on February 11, 2020, Commissioners Court Order 132104.


    Tarrant County Game Room Regulations

    Game Room Permit Application        

    Request For Inspection



    Under Chapter 234, Texas Local Government Code, Tarrant County has the authority to regulate game room operations in Tarrant County to promote the public health, safety and welfare of the county. After public comments, testimony and learning of other information, Tarrant County has developed reasonable and uniform proposed regulations of Game Rooms, in order to promote the public health, safety and welfare and to prohibit business activities which might enable or serve as a front for, criminal activities, including, but not limited to, organized crime, gambling and tax evasion.

    Beginning April 1, 2020, all establishments with six (6) or more “amusement redemption machines” or “electronic, electromechanical or mechanical contrivances that, for consideration, afford a player the opportunity to obtain a prize or thing of value, the award of which is determined solely or partially by chance, regardless of whether the contrivance is designed, made or adopted solely for bona fide amusement purposes” must be permitted. 


    Permit and Enforcement Administration

    Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office is the Commissioners Court designated Game Room Permit Administrator.  Please contact the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office Game Room Permit Office at

                    Game Room Permit Office

                    Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office

                    1813 Cold Springs Rd.

                    Fort Worth, Texas 76102

                    Phone: 817 884-3369

                    Hours of Operation:  8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Please bring completed application with ALL requested paperwork to the above address.  The application must be completed with all supporting information.  The Game Room Permit Fee of $1,000 must be included and can be paid by cashier’s check  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


    Game Room Supporting Documentation Checklist


    Tarrant County Fire Marshal Contact Information

                    Tarrant County Fire Marshal

                    2750 Premier Street

                    Fort Worth, TX  76111

                    Phone: 817-831-2007

                    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



    Tarrant County has partnered with cities across the County to permit and enforce the County’s regulations.  If your establishment is located in the following cities, please contact the agencies below for permitting and enforcement.


    City of Everman

    Everman Police Department



    City of Forest Hill

    Forest Hill Economic Development


    City of Fort Worth 

    Development Services




    Accessibility Notice: Due to the complexity of the preceding documents, these documents are scanned images. If you require assistance in accessing the information, please contact the Game Room Clerk at 817-884-3369.

    This page was last modified on May 06, 2020


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