Licence holder - what does it mean?
This guide is aimed at licence holders with a licence from the Danish Gambling Authority to install and operate gaming machines in gambling arcades or restaurants. The guide covers the most common rules that you must comply with as a licence holder.
The validity of the licence for the individual gambling premises
A licence to install and operate gaming machines applies for a limited period of time. It appears from the licence for how long the licence is valid.
The licence no longer applies if it has not been used within the first 12 months after the licence has been issued by the Danish Gambling Authority, counted from the start date of the licence.
This also applies if gambling is not offered in a continuous period of more than 6 months unless the gambling activities are seasonal.
Registration and payment of duties on winnings
Your business must be registered for duties on gaming machines and annual fees at the Danish Business Authority. You must register your business no later than four weeks after the start date of the licence.
You must use registration form 29.037, which is available on our website www.spillemyndigheden.dk/en/gaming-machines under the heading "When you have obtained a licence".
If you have any questions about registration or payment of duties on winnings, you must contact the Danish Tax Agency on +45 72 22 18 18.
If you are already registered for duties on gaming machines and annual fees, the registration continues and you do not need to renew your registration unless there is an expansion of the gambling business, for example from a restaurant to also operating gaming machines in a gambling arcade.
Requirements for installing gaming machines
Before a gaming machine can be installed, it must be inspected and sealed by an approved testing house. The gaming machine must also be connected to the Danish Gambling Authority's monitoring system via a technical installation and send game data to the Danish Gambling Authority. The technical installation used to connect the gaming machines to the monitoring system must be on all day and once every 24 hours, it must send necessary data on the games played on the gaming machines to the monitoring system.
If a gaming machine is updated, it must be done in cooperation with an approved testing house. The testing house performs the update and inspects and seals the updated gaming machine. You can read more about the requirements for gaming machines in our legal guide on our website www.spillemyndigheden.dk/en/gaming-machines.
The Danish Gambling Authority charges a fee of DKK 678 per gaming machine for a calendar year (2022). The fee is regulated annually.
The fee must be stated and paid no later than the end of January. Statements must be made in TastSelv Erhverv (Self-service for Businesses). The first statement and payment of fees for a new licence holder must also be done i TastSelv Erhverv within the end of the following month.
For a gaming machine installed and used within the calendar year and for gaming machines changing images, the licence holder must state and pay the fee no later than the end of the following month via the form 29.053, which is available on our website www.spillemyndigheden.dk/en/gaming-machines. Fees are not reimbursed if a gaming machine is uninstalled or sold during a calendar year. For a more specific review of the rules on fees, we refer you to our guide on gaming machines on our website www.spillemyndigheden.dk/en/gaming-machines.
At the entrance to a gambling arcade and in close connection to gaming machines installed at restaurants, it must be easily visible to the player that persons under 18 cannot access the gambling arcade or gamble with the gaming machines. The signage must also include a reference to the Danish Gambling Authority's helpline on responsible gambling.
In addition, the Danish Gambling Authority's label must be used at the entrance to a gambling arcade and in close connection to gaming machines installed at restaurants. The label must be easily visible to players.
The above-mentioned information must also appear from marketing material.
If you want to deregister one or more of your gambling premises, you must notify the Danish Gambling Authority. The form for deregistration (6-02) is available on our website www.spillemyndigheden.dk/en/gaming-machines.