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Gambling equipment with the possibility of winning - type approval

Gambling equipment with the possibility of winning (money and goods gambling equipment) may only be set up commercially if the Physical-Technical Federal Agency (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) has approved the design. Producers of gambling equipment must apply for this approval.
Approvals can be granted for a limited period or subject to further conditions.
The Physical-Technical Federal Agency has published technical guidelines on its website, which contain detailed information on the exact procedure, a detailed description of the required documents and a sample application.

Prerequisites

  • Requirements for the approval of gambling equipment
    • The requirements for the licensing of gambling equipment are regulated in §§ 12, 13 and 14 of the Gambling Ordinance (Spieleverordnung or SpielV) (see "Legal basis").
    • § 14 Gambling Ordinance applies to goods gambling equipment, according to which some of the requirements that must also be observed for the licensing of money gambling equipment apply.

Documents required

  • Application for type approval
    The application must be submitted in written form with the applicant's signature to the Physical-Technical Federal Agency.
  • Description of the gambling equipment
  • Construction plan of the play equipment
  • Instructions for use of the gambling equipment
  • Technical description of the components of the gambling equipment
  • Sample equipment
    A sample equipment that must be complete and functional and suitable for series production.
  • Written declaration of the producer
    Written declaration by the producer that the gaming equipment to be tested fulfils the requirements specified in § 12 Sec. 2 Gambling Ordinance (Spielverordnung or SpielV). Supplementary technical descriptions may be submitted in electronic form.
  • More documents
    At the request of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, further documents must be submitted. A detailed list and description of the documents can be found on the website of the Physical-Technical Federal Agency in the published technical guidelines (under "Further information").

Fees

EUR 47.00 to EUR 67.00 (hourly rate), fee depending on processing time

Average time to process request

The processing time from submission of the application to the decision depends on:
  • the quality of the submitted documentation and the type design,
  • the need for change identified during the audit; and
  • of the number of applications to be processed.

Responsible authorities

Physikalisch-Technischen Bundesanstalt
Abbestraße 2–12
10587 Berlin