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Apply for a licence to operate casinos in Lower Saxony

The Lower Saxony Casino Act (NSpielbG) regulates the requirements for the operation of casinos in Lower Saxony.

According to § 2 of the law, a licence is required for this. The Lower Saxony Ministry of Finance (specialist ministry) can (only) issue a casino licence that entitles the holder to operate up to ten casinos in Lower Saxony.

Admission is only granted on the basis of a public invitation to tender by the Ministry of Education in accordance with § 3 NSpielbG. Only within the framework of this procedure can you submit an application.

A corresponding tender procedure will be carried out before the expiry of the currently valid casino licence on 01.09.2024. An application outside the tender procedure is not permitted.

The detailed requirements and criteria will be determined as part of the tendering process.

The application for a casino license is subject to a fee. Costs are also to be charged if an application for the performance of an official act subject to costs is rejected or withdrawn (§ 1 paragraph 1 sentence 2 of the Lower Saxony Administrative Costs Act).

Process flow

You can only submit an application for a licence to operate a casino in Lower Saxony in writing to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Finance in the ongoing tender procedure.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Lower Saxony Ministry of Finance.


Proof of the best suitability, taking into account the selection criteria according to the advertisement

Which documents are required?

  • written application for authorisation
  • Evidence, documents and concepts to be submitted in accordance with the legal requirements (NSpielbG)
  • further information on required documents or evidence can be found in the invitation to tender

What are the fees?

The fee framework for the granting of a casino licence or the rejection of an application for a licence in accordance with No. 80.1.1 of the cost schedule in accordance with the Ordinance on Fees and Expenses for Official Acts and Services (General Fee Schedule) varies depending on the case.

Fee: 300,00 - 180000,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Application deadline according to the call for applications, at least 3 months

Processing duration

At least 6 months

Legal basis

§§ 2 and 3 NSpielbG

Applications / forms

  • Forms: no
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no


Action before the Administrative Court of Lower Saxony

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Finance


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)