You can obtain a licence to install and operate gaming machines in:
- Restaurants with a liquor licence (maximum 3 gaming machines) NB: If a restaurant experiences a change of manager or restaurant manager and thus has a new liqour licence, the licence holder must submit a new application (form no. 6-01) for licence to install and run gaming machines for restaurants as well as a copy of the valid liqour licence
- Gambling arcades (premises without a liquor licence, but where the premises are constantly manned during opening hours)
How to obtain a licence
You can apply to the Danish Gambling Authority for a licence by using application form no. 6-01 .
To obtain a licence you must meet a set of requirements, i.e. it is required that you are minimum 21 years old and are not indebted to the public sector.
When you apply for a licence for a gambling arcade, the Danish Gambling Authority consults the police. You may also be contacted by the Danish Gambling Authority if we want to approve the premises. Accordingly, you may expect about five weeks for the application process.
It is a requirement that the Danish Gambling Authority has approved the manager of a gambling arcade. For approval as a manager you must use form no. 8-01.
Application for licence to install and run gaming machines
Application for licence to install and run gaming machines
Application as manager or staff
General technical requirements
- XSD schemes for standard records, used for reporting of game data
- Tool for validating XML files
These documents provide you with the requirements for the technical configuration.
When you have obtained a licence
The gaming machines must be approved and sealed by an accredited institute and be connected to the control system at the Danish Gambling Authority. A list of accredited institutes is available further below.
On the gaming premises, a set of rules for using the gaming machines must be displayed.
You must pay a fee of DKK 641 per gaming machine per year. Read more about when you must pay a fee under Fees on gaming machines.
Furthermore, you must pay a duty to the Danish Tax Agency, which depends e.g. on the gross gaming revenue (GGR).
Individuals under 18 are not allowed in gambling arcades and may not play on gaming machines in restaurants.
Deregistration of gambling premises
You must submit an application to the Danish Gambling Authority if you want to make changes to e.g.:
- The number of gaming machines (form no. 6-01)
- The arrangement of the gambling arcade (form no. 6-01)
- The manager of the gambling arcade (form no. 8-01)
If you want to deregister one of your premises or your operating licence, you must use form no. 6-02.
A list of licence holders is available further below.
Registration and payment of gambling duty.
Your company must be registered at the Danish Business Authority before you begin operating gaming machines. Use registration form no. 29.037 .
If you have any question regarding registration or payment of gambling duty, contact the Danish Tax Agency at tel. no. +45 72 22 18 18.
Registration - gaming machines
Fees on gaming machines
You must pay a fee of DKK 641 per gaming machine per year (in 2019). The fee must be paid by the end of January either by using the Danish Tax Agency’s TestSelv Business or by submitting a fee statement.
You must pay a fee in the following situations:
- Inspection of new gaming machines that are installed for the first time
- Inspection of gaming machines as a result of a modification that causes changes of the image of the gaming machine (modified to another type of gaming machine e.g. “Magic Night” to “Allan Capone”). When the gaming machine is modified, it is considered new
- Buyer/renter must pay a fee, in connection with a business transfer or rental of gaming machines to another licencee, although seller/owner previously has paid a fee for the entire calendar year
For a gaming machine that is installed and used during a calendar year, you must pay the fee by the end of the following month.
For gaming machines that are installed or change images during a calendar year, this must be stated in form no. 20.053.
Technical breakdown of gaming machines
Go to the form to report a technical breakdown of gaming machines.
Guidelines on gaming machinesAll versions of the guideline are not valid. We refer you to the valid legal guideline below.
The legislation on all gambling categories
Managers of gambling arcades/premises in which gaming machines are installed
Laws and Executive Orders
The Act covers all games except poker tournaments
About gaming machines in gambling arcades and restaurants
About gaming machines in gambling arcades and restaurants. Became effective 1 January 2016
Amendment of Act on Gambling, Act on gambling duties, Act on certain games in Greenland, and other laws
List of licence holders
The Danish Gambling Authority publishes a list of licence holders, which makes it easy to be up to date with the development of the market of gaming machines.
The list includes gaming premises with a licence to operate gaming machines.
The list can be presented in the following orders:
- Address (postal code order)
- The name of the licence holder
- The name of the municipality
- Police districts
All four lists are updated on weekdays.
The code for the premises shows whether it is a restaurant (R) or a gambling arcade (S).
In the lists, you can see how many gaming machines that the licence holder has a licence to operate.
You can also get the list in an excel format, which contains data on the licencee, the premises, municipality and police districts similar to the presentations above:
List of accredited institutes
The Danish Gambling Authority has approved the following accredited institutes:
- Force Technology
Park Allé 345
- Teknologisk Institut
8000 Århus C
- GLI Europe BV
2181 MH Hillegom
- Quinel M Limited
Luxe Pavilion Level 2
SJ 1430 St Julians
- Slovenian Institute af Quality and Metrology
Trzaska Cesta 2
SI 1000 Ljubljana
- BMM Testlabs
Parc Tecnológic del Vallés
Avda. Parc Tecnológic del Vallés 3
08290 Cerdanyola del Vallés