From 2021 onwards, (online) casino’s, bookmakers and other related parties will be able to obtain a Dutch license for online gambling. On the 30th of October, the Dutch Gambling Authority published a concept version of the ‘License Application for Games of Chance Policy’ (hereafter: the concept version) and gives insights into what is to be expected when applying for this license. The purpose of this concept version is for (online) gambling operators to be able to make preparations for the application procedure. The final version of this policy will approximately be published in January.
In this article, we will give you information about the contents of this concept version and a (global) overview of obligatory documents. We will also explain how XY Legal Solutions will be able to assist in this application procedure.
First of all the concept version states that license applications can be filled in on the Dutch Gambling Authority website. There will be a special form available. In the same environment mandatory documents (attachments) have to be uploaded. Unless stated otherwise in the concept version, documents have to uploaded in Dutch. This means that most of the documents will have to be translated, if the applicant is a foreign company. Exceptions could be: ICT documents, contracts with third parties (B2B), audit reports and certifications.
The concept version also states that incomplete or forgotten forms will lead to denial of the application. The same goes for incomplete or missing attachments (documents). If the Dutch Gambling Authority does not grant the application there will be no refund of the application costs: € 48.000,-.
As described above, a sum of € 48.000,- will have to be paid when an operator wants the Dutch Gambling Authority to review the application. Also; the application has to be done in Dutch (for the biggest part). Next to this the contents can only be uploaded in PDF, in color, and there has to be Optical Character Recognition (and a 300 dpi/ppi minimum resolution). All documents have to be well readable.
A global overview of required documents (as to be expected)
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Also, applicants will have to deliver documents on internal supervision, match fixing, the ‘Controledatabank’, responsible gambling, payment transactions and ‘Centraal register uitsluiting kansspelen: Cruks’.
At this point (November 2020) applying for a Dutch (Online) Gambling License is not possible. However, with all the information already provided by the Dutch Government, a lot of preparations can already be made. XY Legal Solutions focuses on the legal aspects of the (Dutch) online gambling market. We will be able to explain a lot more about advertisement, responsible gambling and other requirements. We will also be able to (legally correct) translate certain documents and help with the translation process in general. Please reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org, or by dialing +3130 – 227 03 86.