Betting agency; application for a license to operate

If you want to operate a betting agency, you need a license under gambling law. This must be applied for by the sports betting operator.



  • A prerequisite for the granting of the license is the reliability of the operator of the betting agency, which is checked at least on the basis of a certificate of good conduct, an extract from the central trade register, a clearance certificate from the responsible tax office and a printout of a debtor directory query carried out via the joint enforcement portal of the federal states.
  • The granting of a license also requires that the establishment and operation of the betting agency does not run counter to the objectives of the Interstate Treaty on Gambling 2021 (e.g. preventing the development of gambling addiction, ensuring the protection of minors and players, ensuring the proper conduct of gambling, etc.).
  • In addition, compliance with youth protection requirements, internet restrictions, advertising restrictions, requirements for the social concept and requirements for information on the risks of addiction must be ensured, as well as a comparison with the blacklist and the exclusion of banned players.
  • A social concept must be submitted.
  • Compliance with the legally required distances to sports facilities, casinos, gaming arcades, restaurants with gaming machines and schools, child and youth welfare facilities as well as addiction counseling and addiction treatment centers must be ensured.


The application for permission to operate a betting agency must be submitted by the sports betting operator to the government in whose district the betting agency is to be located.

The permit notice is issued to the betting agency operator.

Special notes

If you operate a betting agency without a gambling license, you may be liable to prosecution for the unauthorized organization of a game of chance.



Processing time

about 8-12 weeks

Required documents

  • The following documents are required:

    • Extract from the Central Commercial Register
    • Certificate of good conduct
    • Certificate of no objection from the responsible tax office
    • Extract from the joint enforcement portal of the federal states
    • in case of a legal entity: extract from the commercial register and description of the company structure
    • Copy of the concession/permit of the sports betting operator and the betting brokerage contract
    • Terms and conditions for betting in betting brokerage shops
    • Presentation of the distribution channel
    • Social and advertising concept
    • Description of how the exclusion of banned players is carried out


  • The fee range for a license to operate a betting agency is between EUR 20.00 and EUR 5,000.00 (tariff no. 2.IV.1/2.1).


Administrative court action


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