Gambling Licenses in India

Gambling Licenses
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The Public Gambling Act of 1867 forbids gambling in most of India. Nonetheless, under stringent legal guidelines, several states permit horse racing and lotteries. On an individual basis, the Central Government may approve some forms of gaming. Indian states provide licences for legal gambling that brings in money for them, such as online gaming, lotteries, and casinos.

The requirements for eligibility and the licencing process change depending on the gaming laws and policies of each state. Prior to granting gambling licences, a number of important factors are typically examined, such as security clearances, creditworthiness, infrastructure and labour availability, and the standing of the businesses submitting the applications. Certain states automatically permit foreign direct investment in casinos that hold a licence. Due to the stringent eligibility requirements, the application and licence issuance fees can total several thousands or crores of rupees. Each year, the licences are examined and renewed based on how well the licence holders manage their gaming and gambling businesses. Terms that are broken may result in fines, suspension, or cancellation of Indian gambling licences.

Advantages of gambling Licenses:

  • Legal Sanction: In most states, operating a gambling or gaming business is illegal; but, obtaining a licence grants legal sanction for such operations.
  • Revenue Generation: In a regulated area, licence holders can generate income from the profitable legal gambling industry.
  • Investor Funding: The legitimacy that comes with holding a licence from the government helps licence holders draw in investors and raise money.
  • Tax perks: As a means of encouraging travel and other related industries, licenced gaming enterprises may enjoy tax breaks and perks.
  • Advertising Rights: Within the boundaries of permissible legal frameworks, licence holders have the benefit of promoting their services to potential clients.
  • Assistance with Disputes: Because licensees are governed by the gaming regulators, they provide assistance with dispute settlement in the event of disagreements.
  • Property Rates: In certain situations, states provide subsidised or reduced leases or rentals for sites with gambling and/or casino licences.
  • Travel Inflow: When gaming is legalised, more people visit the area, which brings in additional money for businesses that hold licences, such as hotels, restaurants, and travel agencies.

Eligibility Criteria for Gambling License in India:

  • Type of Business Entity: In order to apply for a gambling licence, the applicant must be a registered business, society, or firm. People typically aren't able to apply directly.
  • Financial Strength: To be eligible for a gambling licence, a person must meet extremely high net worth and annual turnover requirements, which total millions of rupees. Candidates must have substantial financial support.
  • Infrastructure and Labour: It is essential to have access to gaming establishments that adhere to safety regulations, as well as the financial means to make technological investments and hire skilled labour.
  • Background investigations: Before awarding gaming licences, a thorough background check is done to check for criminal histories, creditworthiness, and general reputation.
  • Charges and Refunds: Depending on the state regulations, licencing costs could vary from ₹50 lakhs to ₹2 crores. In certain situations, security deposits must also be provided.
  • Contracts: In order to be eligible, you must sign contracts with the state licencing body promising to follow gambling legislation.
  • Renewal: Following the original term, a license's performance history and good behaviour are reviewed for renewal.

Documents Required to get Gambling License in India:

  • Application Form: Completed and submitted with the licencing fee, in accordance with the format specified by the licencing body.
  • Identity Proof: Copies of the applicant's PAN and Aadhar cards, if they are an individual, and corporate documents, such as the MOA, if they are a firm.
  • Audited financial statements, income tax returns showing financial eligibility, credit reports, and a net worth certificate are the financial statements.
  • Property Documents: Title or lease documents for the gaming establishment in the applicant's name.
  • Details about Manpower: A list and description of the top management staff who oversee operations.
  • Security Plan: a thorough strategy for following security guidelines pertaining to gaming establishments, technology use, client verification, etc.
  • Floor Plan: Detailed floor plan with architecture plan showing restaurants, gaming area, entrance/exit locations, and so on.
  • Third Party Consents: NOCs from local government agencies, landlords, etc., if relevant.
  • Details of the Equipment: List the gaming machines and/or equipment that will be installed, along with their certificates.
  • Documents related to insurance: Proof of public liability insurance is valid during the licence term.

Procedure to get Gambling License in India.

  • Type of Gambling: Choose the type of gambling (lottery, casino, internet gaming, etc.) for which you wish to apply for a licence first.
  • Select the state: Based on the state's gambling laws, choose which Indian state to apply to. Over all, some states grant more licences than others.
  • Do Your Research: Carefully review all state gambling laws pertaining to qualifications, funding needs, costs, and other details. Acquire approvals for the premises.
  • Get the documentation ready. As necessary by the licencing body, gather all of the application materials.
  • Send In Your Application: Deposit the necessary paperwork, licence fees, and other supporting materials with the application for a gambling licence.
  • Exams and Inspections: The application is subjected to a thorough examination of the applicant's background and the suggested gaming establishments.
  • Clarifications if Needed: Throughout the evaluation process, the licencing body may ask applicants for further information or supporting documentation.
  • Approval: If the application is deemed acceptable, it is given in-principle approval.
  • Operational Compliance: Applicant files compliance report and makes modifications as mandated by licencing agency.
  • Licence Issuance: The gambling licence is issued, subject to renewals, following compliance verification.

Time Required to get Gambling License in India

The entire gambling license approval process in India typically takes 8-16 months including application, verification, inspections, compliance, and final license issuance after scrutinizing applicant credentials.

How can seedling help you with gambling license?

Seedling's legal and regulatory experts can assist at every step for getting a gambling license - from documentation support as per state policies, to license application filing, facilitating compliance clearances, handling queries, representing for faster approval and ensuring smooth license issuance through credible advice and regulatory navigation.

Most common question about our services

Does a gambling license need annual renewals?

Yes, the gambling licenses issued in Indian states typically require annual renewals subject to review of operations and fee payments.


Can a gambling license be revoked?

Yes, the license can be suspended, cancelled or revoked if licensees violate the regulatory terms, rules and codes of conduct.


How long is an Indian gambling license valid?

Gambling licenses are issued generally for 1-2 years initially, subject to annual renewals afterwards if criteria is met.


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