Gambling hall; application for permission to operate
If you want to operate an amusement arcade or similar business on a commercial basis, you need a permit.
The commercial operation of an amusement arcade or similar enterprise that serves exclusively or predominantly to install gaming machines or to organize other games as defined by Section 33c (1) sentence 1 of the GewO or Section 33d (1) sentence 1 of the GewO, or the commercial installation of entertainment games without the possibility of winning, is subject to licensing.
Gambling devices as defined in Section 33c (1) sentence 1 of the GewO are gambling devices that are equipped with a technical device that influences the outcome of the game and offer the possibility of winning (slot machines).
Section 33d GewO concerns games of skill (not games of chance), i.e. games in which the decision on winning or losing does not depend on chance but on the physical and mental abilities of the player.
While the installation of gaming machines as defined in § 33c and § 33d GewO is also subject to licensing under these provisions, the entertainment games without the possibility of winning, which are also listed in § 33i GewO, do not require a separate license.
The term "similar enterprise" in § 33i GewO primarily covers so-called casinos, in which other games with the possibility of winning as defined in § 33d GewO are usually played.
The casino license is tied to a specific person and specific premises.
A prerequisite for the granting of the license is the reliability of the applicant, which is verified on the basis of a certificate of good conduct and an extract from the commercial register. The premises intended for the operation of the arcade must be suitable in terms of their location and condition, i.e. they must comply with police and building regulations. Furthermore, the operation of the gaming arcade must not endanger young people, exploit gambling instincts to an excessive extent, have a harmful effect on the environment or otherwise cause an unreasonable nuisance to the general public, neighbors or an institution in the public interest.
Since 01.07.2012, in addition to the commercial law permit, a gambling law permit pursuant to Section 24 (1) GlüStV and Article 10 AGGlüStV has been required, which is issued by the same authority. The granting of this permit requires that the establishment and operation of the gaming hall does not run counter to the objectives of Section 1 GlüStV (e.g., preventing the development of gambling addiction, ensuring the protection of minors and players, ensuring the proper conduct of games of chance, etc.). In addition, compliance with the requirements for the protection of minors pursuant to Section 4 (3) GlüStV, the Internet ban pursuant to Section 4 (4) GlüStV, the advertising restrictions pursuant to Section 5 GlüStV, the requirements for the social concept pursuant to Section 6 GlüStV and the requirements for information on addiction risks pursuant to Section 7 GlüStV must be ensured. Furthermore, the gaming hall may not be located in a structural network with other gaming halls, in particular it may not be housed in a joint building or building complex with other gaming halls (prohibition of multiple licenses) and must maintain a minimum distance of 500 meters or 250 meters (in the case of existing gaming halls or those for which the complete application for a gaming law permit was submitted by June 30, 2017) from other gaming halls. Under certain conditions, exceptions to the minimum distance are possible and gaming halls that already existed before 01.01.2020 can be exempted from the ban on multiple licenses and from the regulations on the minimum distance.
- Reliability of the trader
- Suitability of the premises
- Harmlessness of the operation
- Observance of the objectives of § 1 GlüStV (e.g. prevention of gambling addiction)
- Ensuring the protection of minors and players
- Ensuring the proper conduct of games of chance, etc.)
- Compliance with youth protection requirements and advertising restrictions
- Presentation of a social concept and an information concept (education about addiction risks)
- Observance of the ban on multiple gambling halls
- Observance of the minimum distance to other gaming halls
approx. 3 - 5 weeks
Extract from the Central Trade Register
Floor plan of the total area
Certificate of good conduct for authorities
Information concept (education about addiction risks)
Cease-and-desist declaration with regard to the Internet ban pursuant to Section 4 (4) GlüStV
Description/explanation of whether there are any other gaming arcades in the building or building complex and whether any other gaming arcade is less than 500m/250m away as the crow flies.
The fee range for a gaming hall permit is between 150 to 3,000 euros (Tariff No. 5.III.5/10). This
Certificate of good conduct and extract from the commercial register 13 euros each in accordance with the Justizverwaltungskostenordnung (Code of Judicial Administration Costs)
Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie
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