Gambling halls - permit
Two permits are required, if you intend to commercially operate a gambling hall or an establishment with the sole or main purpose of providing gaming machines or arranging other types of gambling.
The permit pursuant to the Gambling Hall Act Berlin is granted for an unlimited period. In addition to this, you will need a permit pursuant to the State Gambling Treaty. This permit is granted for a limited period of time (currently until 30 June 2021).
When setting up the gambling hall, please ensure that the following legally stipulated minimum requirements are observed.
The following rules apply for the outer appearance of the premises:
- The minimum distance to other gambling halls or similar establishments should be no less than 500 metres.
- The business must also not be operated in the vicinity of any facilities that are by nature or as a matter of fact frequented primarily by children or adolescents.
- A gambling hall must not be established in a building or a building complex in which sports betting is arranged for.
The following rules apply for the interior design of the premises:
- The inside of the premises must not be visible from outside.
- The outer appearance must feature no striking advertising signs or other forms of advertising promoting gambling in an encouraging or inviting manner.
- No advertising that promotes gambling or any games offered at the gambling hall, may be installed outside or in the direct vicinity of the gambling establishment.
The following rules apply regarding the opening hours:
- No more than one gaming machine with cash or non-cash winning opportunities must be set up per 12 m² of floor space.
- No more than eight machines must be set up in total. If food or drinks are served in the gambling hall, no more than three gaming machines may be set up in total (maximum of two from 10 November 2019).
- The machines must be set up individually at a distance of at least one metre. They must be separated with a screen with a minimum depth of 0.80 metres from the front of the machine, and matching at least the height of the top edge of the machine.
- Information material about the risks of excessive gambling and information about offerings and contact details of qualified counselling services must be provided and displayed.
- Gambling halls may not open on Good Friday, Remembrance Day, Sunday before Advent, as well as on the 24th and 25th of December.
- Gambling halls may generally not open between 3 am and 11 am (off-time)
During the opening hours it must be ensured that at least one competent supervisor is present at the premises at all times.
Operators must develop social concepts and implement these in the gambling hall.
When drawing up the social concept, permit holders must consider how gamblers can be encouraged to engage in responsible gaming and which preventive or mitigating measures they can take to counteract the socially harmful consequences of gambling. Especially when the social concept is drawn up by external providers, it must be ensured that the presented social concept is in line with the individual requirements and conditions of the respective offerings or the gambling facility in question.
The following rules apply for youth protection and the prevention of compulsive gambling:
- Individuals under 18 years of age must not be granted access to the company premises.
- To implement this ban, entry to the facility must be controlled and an identity card must be provided, or the identity must be verified based on other suitable documents.
- The owner or the supervising staff must inform the gamblers about the related addiction risks of the games available, and must raise awareness of available consultation and counselling options, as well as encouraging players to engage in responsible gaming.
- VIndividuals with conspicuous gambling behaviour must be excluded from gambling. Suitable measures must be taken to establish effective banning systems.
A separate permit
is required for setting up gaming machines with cash winning opportunities.
Operating a gambling hall or a similar establishment without the required permit or any violations of the legal provisions are considered an offence that may be punished with a fine of up to EUR 500,000.00.
a) EUR 1,000 to 3,000 - Permit for gambling halls or similar establishments pursuant to § 2 section 1 of the Gambling Hall Act Berlin
b) EUR 200.00 to 2,000.00 - Permit for establishing and operating a gambling hall pursuant to § 24 of the State Gambling Treaty