License for gaming machine halls

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License for gaming machine halls

In Ukraine, there is a clear and effective algorithm for obtaining a license to open a slot machine hall. However, questions and difficulties may arise at each stage, so it is worth involving a team of professional lawyers with experience so that this process takes place with minimal expenditure of time and money.

Our country has a special body that is responsible for regulating gambling activities – it is the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL).

KRAIL supervises the granting of licenses for gambling activities, establishes rules and requirements for conducting the game, and also monitors and controls the fulfillment of license conditions.

Requirements for applicants: A person or company wishing to obtain a gaming business license must meet several requirements, such as good standing, financial stability, no criminal record, and relevant qualifications and experience in the industry. In addition, there may be restrictions on the participation of certain categories of persons in gambling activities, for example, minors or persons with health problems.

The procedure for obtaining a license: Applying for a license involves several mandatory steps, including collecting and submitting the necessary documents, paying the prescribed fees, passing the KRAIL checks for compliance with the requirements, as well as the opportunity to provide additional information or correct errors in the application.

Documents that must be provided to receive the service:

  • Application for obtaining a slot machine license;
  • Information required to obtain a license;
  • The original or a duly certified copy of the document confirming the authority of the person who signed the application for obtaining a license;
  • The original or duly certified copies of the documents confirming the certification of the gaming machines and the applicant’s ownership of them, and the original or duly certified copies of the documents confirming the right of ownership (use) of the premises, or a preliminary agreement providing for such a right, which will to be used as a gambling establishment;
  • Description of the documents attached to the application for obtaining a license for a gaming machine.

Responsible gaming activity: Licensees are obliged to comply with the established rules and requirements aimed at preventing gambling addiction and protecting the rights of consumers. This may include time and cost limits, advertising restrictions, providing information about the possible consequences of gambling addiction, as well as cooperation with authorized bodies in resolving disputes and complaints.

Potential risks and penalties: Licensees should understand the potential risks associated with violating license conditions, such as loss of license, fines, lawsuits, and other sanctions. KRAIL may conduct regular inspections of the activities of licensees to ensure compliance with the terms of the license and take measures in case of violations.

Grounds for service refusal:

  • Impossibility of establishing, based on the results of the verification of the documents submitted by the applicant with the application for obtaining a license, the sources and origins of the funds used to finance or form the authorized capital of the applicant, or the persons who are the founders (participants) of the applicant;
  • The existence of violations by the applicant of the requirements of the Law of Ukraine “On Prevention and Counteraction of Legalization (Laundering) of Criminal Proceeds, Financing of Terrorism and Financing of Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction” established by the subject of state financial monitoring or by the court;
  • Establishing the applicant’s non-compliance with the requirements of the Law and/or license conditions for the type of license specified in the license application;
  • The presence of managers, the chief accountant or the person entrusted with the duty of accounting, the owners of significant participation, and the ultimate beneficial owners of the applicant have convictions for crimes against public safety, crimes against property, crimes in the field of economic activity, crimes in the field of using electronic computing machines (computers), systems and computer networks and telecommunications networks and crimes in the field of official activity and professional activity related to the provision of public services, which have not been withdrawn and not repaid by the procedure established by law;
  • Establishing the fact of control over the activities of the licensee in the sense specified in Article 1 of the Law of Ukraine “On the Protection of Economic Competition” by residents of states carrying out armed aggression against Ukraine, “On the Defense of Ukraine”, and/or whose actions create conditions for the emergence of a military conflict, the use of military force against Ukraine;
  • Unreliability of data in the documents submitted by the applicant for a license.

The lawyers of our company will be happy to give you detailed explanations and help you better understand the process of obtaining, eliminating deficiencies, and maintaining a license for gambling halls in Ukraine, as well as the duties and responsibilities of a gambling business operator.

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Taras Miroshnychenko
Head of International Corporate Law and Fintech Practice

A specialist in the practice of migration and corporate law, he also specializes in legal support for business in EU countries.

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