Apply for the installation of gaming machines

If you want to set up gaming machines with a chance of winning for a commercial use, you need a permit.

Important notes


  • A permit according to § 33c of the Trade Regulations (GewO) requires your reliability under trade law. Their reliability is checked when the application is submitted by the responsible specialist office for consumer protection, trade and the environment.
  • The design of the play equipment is approved by the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt.
The installation site corresponds to the implementation regulations of the trade regulations.

Documents required

  • Application for permission to set up gaming devices with a chance to win
  • Identity card or passport with a current registration certificate or residence permit if you are a foreigner and not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country
  • Certificate in tax matters (to be applied for at the tax office of the place of residence)
  • Certificate in tax matters from the tax office for transaction tax and real estate
  • Certificate of good conduct in document type 0 for submission to an authority
  • Information from the central trade register in document type 9 for submission to an authority
  • Certificate of instruction in player and youth protection
  • (Certificate from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce according to Section 33c of the Industrial Code)
  • social concept
    • They must produce proof from a publicly recognized institution that explains the measures taken to prevent the socially harmful effects of gambling
    • Publicly recognized institutions that develop such concepts are, in particular, institutions for addiction issues, addiction help and addiction prevention.
Excerpt from the commercial register or, in the case of legal entities that are still being formed, the certificate of incorporation and the articles of association.

Please note

The competent authority can impose conditions at any time. Both you and the tradesman in whose company a playground equipment is installed.


Gambling machines may only be set up and operated if you have all the necessary permits.

Procedure & Fees


  • You submit all the required documents together with the written application to your responsible district office - specialist office for consumer protection, trade and the environment.
  • The Department of Consumer Protection, Trade and the Environment checks your reliability under commercial law.
  • If all requirements are met, you will be granted permission.

Processing time

Approx. 6-8 weeks


155 to 255 EUR

Legal notes

Legal remedies

  • contradiction

  • legal action

Legal basis

§ 33c trade regulations (GewO)

Regulation on gaming devices and other games with

Opportunity to win (Gaming Ordinance - SpielV)

Schedule of Fees for Economic Administration of December 17, 1991 (WiVwGebO HA 1991)

Service description

You need a permit to set up and operate gaming devices that are equipped with a technical device that affects the outcome of the game and that offer the possibility of winning.

With a permit to set up gambling machines with a chance to win, you can set up gambling machines throughout Germany. Each installation location must be checked and approved by the competent authority for its suitability.

Gambling machines may only be set up once permission has been granted.

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