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Apply for permission 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 Act, an approval is required for this. The Lower Saxony Ministry of Finance (Fachministerium) can (only) grant 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 and Commerce in accordance with § 3 NSpielbG. You can only submit an application within the framework of this procedure.

A corresponding tender procedure will be carried out before the expiry of the currently valid casino approval on 01.09.2024. An application outside the tender procedure is inadmissible.

The detailed conditions and criteria will be determined during the tendering procedure.

The application for a casino license is subject to a fee. Costs are also to be charged if an application for the performance of a fee-based official act is rejected or withdrawn (§ 1 paragraph 1 sentence 2 of the Lower Saxony Administrative Costs Act).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 authorisation to operate a casino in Lower Saxony in writing to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Finance in the current tender procedure.

Who should I contact?

Responsibility lies with the Lower Saxony Ministry of Finance.


Proof of the best suitability taking into account the selection criteria according to the invitation to tender

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 the casino licence or the rejection of an application for grant in accordance with No. 80.1.1 of the cost tariff according to the Ordinance on Fees and Expenses for Official Acts and Services (General Schedule of Fees) 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 invitation to tender, 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 Lower Saxony Administrative Court


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Finance

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

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