Who is the regulator of the gaming Industry in Tanzania?
The gaming industry in Tanzania is regulated by the Gaming Board of Tanzania (the “Gaming Board”) established by section 4 of the Gaming Act CAP 41 Revised Edition 2019. The Gaming Board is responsible for overseeing, monitoring, and regulating gaming activities in Tanzania. It has the duty and powers to carry out operations and management of the gaming activities which includes issuing different types of gaming licenses and certificates under section 26 of the Gaming Act and Regulation 12 of the Gaming Regulations GN—no 385 of 2003.
Types of gaming in Tanzania regulated and licensed by the Gaming Board?
Sports betting (Retail and Online) is the major type of gaming in Tanzania followed by online and land-based casinos, virtual games, retail & SMS lottery, and street slot machine operations.
Types of legal online gaming accepted in Tanzania?
- Sports betting
- Online casino games
- Virtual games
- Scratch cards
Types of gaming licenses provided in Tanzania?
- Casino license for conducting table games and slot machines;
- Slot machines license for promotion of slot machines business in a shop;
- Manufacturer’s certificate for manufacturing of gaming equipment including its spare parts;
- Seller’s or distributor’s license for supplying, selling, or servicing gaming equipment;
- Accreditation license for a person engaged in non-gaming activity within gaming premises;
- Support license, required for a person employed in the gaming activities or a gaming employee;
- Online casino license for conducting casino games through remote devices with internet connection;
- SMS lottery license for conducting SMS Lotteries
- Principal license for sports betting and slot machines operations;
- Online sports betting license;
- Retail sports betting license;
- National lottery license to conduct national lottery;
- Lottery licence issued pursuant to section 41(3) to conduct business lotteries;
- Service provider license to provide services on gaming operations;
- Gaming consultancy license;
- Virtual games license
Application and gaming license fees
|Type of license
|Application fee per year
|License fee per year
|Online sports betting
|Retail sports betting
(Slot machines in shop premise)
|No Longer issued
|No Longer Issued
|Slot machines (clubs and bars)
|No Longer issued
|No Longer issued
|Forty machines site
|Retailers on gaming premises
|TZS 100,000 Casino
- Amount only applicable to casinos in Dar es Salaam (At the moment casino licenses aren’t issued for Dar es Salaam). In other regions of the country the amount is USD 15,000
- Amount only applicable to casinos in Dar es Salaam. In other regions of the country the amount is TZS 2,000,000
- A company that already has a license to promote lottery for business purposes (not national lottery) and decides to apply for national lottery as well the amount is USD 40,000
Eligibility criteria for obtaining a gaming license
An applicant for a gaming license has to meet the following criteria under regulation 3 of the Gaming Regulations:
- Has never been previously denied a gaming licence in Mainland Tanzania or any other country
- Has never had a gaming licence revoked or suspended nor have they withdrawn an application for any gaming licence in Mainland Tanzania or any other country;
- The applicant must have a clean criminal record;
- The applicant must provide evidence of adequate funding available to pay all obligations and gaming operations;
- Must possess gaming premises that are deemed suitable by the Gaming Board. Unsuitable locations for gaming activities are places of immediate vicinity of any school, place of worship, hospitals, national security, residential areas, places allowing minor clientele and places difficult to police;
- Must comply with all the provisions of the Gaming Act and the Gaming Regulations.
The process of obtaining a gaming license
|Process to obtain a gaming license
|Submit documents to the Gaming Board to process application
|1. Two copies of Business Plan/Feasibility
Study. Should contain a clear statement of project objectives, applicants’ profile, details
of investment costs and how the proposed investment will be financed (name the specific sources of funds and their contacts, terms
and conditions of the loans if applicable), sources of technology if applicable and gaming equipment, market study, expected employment generation,projected financial and economic analysis including projected annual balance sheets and income statements for the first four years, proposed implementation schedule, and
any other information that will useful for the determination of the application.
2. Duly filled application forms and application fees paid
3. Duly filled Personal Declaration Form for each Director
4. A copy of the company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association
5. A certified copy of the Certificate of Company Incorporation.
6. Evidence of sufficient finance capital5 available for the implementation of the project.
7. Proof of citizenship of every incorporator/ subscriber, and every director and senior officer. This includes detailed Curriculum Vitae, photocopy of the first five pages of a passport, a passport size photograph and historical background.
8. Audited Balance Sheets and Income Statement of every incorporator/subscriber and every director and senior officer.
|Within 30 days from the date of receipt of an application, Gaming Board will approve/ disapprove application
- All application fees are non-refundable
- There should be a minimum investment capital for a foreign company of USD 500,000 proven to exist for the investment in Tanzania. A minimum investment capital for a local company of USD 300,000 proven to exist for the investment in Tanzania.
|9. Tax Clearance from the Income Tax office of a country of origin of the applicant and every director and senior officer.
10. Statement from two persons (not relatives) vouching for the good moral character and financial responsibility of the incorporators/ subscribers and the proposed directors and senior officers.
11. Company Board of Directors’ resolution to invest in Tanzania.
For internet gaming licence, addition of the following documents;
14. Application forms prescribed in the Internet Gaming Regulation for each director or shareholder with 5% of ownership or controlling interest in the applicant company.
15. Detailed information about the service provider, structure and equipment and services to be offered.
16. Description of technology and its source.
|On receipt of application, the Gaming Board will undertake an investigation to determine applicant’s suitability
|1. A vetting process of the shareholders, directors and business
2. Applicants (except support employee’s licences) are to pay for the investigation costs6 as determined by the Gaming Board
3. In addition, applicants shall pay to the Gaming Board transportation and its related costs together with significant office expenses and other related expenses until the conclusion of the investigation.
|The investigation shall be concluded upon the issuance of an initial order of grant or denial of the licence by Gaming Board.
|Gaming Board to grant Gaming License
|1. On condition applicant has met all requirements including payment of fees and costs
|The Gaming licence shall be valid for one year subject to renewal.
- The applicant shall deposit to the Gaming Board such amount as may be sufficient for that purpose.
Gaming Taxes for all types of gaming in TZ
The Gaming tax is charged on these types of gaming namely; Casinos, Sports Betting, SMS Lottery, National Lottery, Street slot Machines, Forty Machines Site, Virtual games and other gaming products.
- Sports Betting, online and retail is taxed at the rate of 25% of Gross Gaming Revenue with 15% on net winnings of players. The 5% of the tax remitted shall be allocated to the Sports Development Fund.
- SMS Lotteries, Forty Machines Sites and Internet Casino operations are taxed at the rate of 25% of Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) with 15% on net winnings;
- Street slot machines are taxed TZS 100,000 per machine per month with 15% on net winnings;
- National Lotteries is taxed 20% of Gross Gaming Revenue with 15% on net winnings;
- Casino operations are taxed at the rate of 18% of the weekly Gross Gaming Revenue and all land-based casinos are taxed at the rate of 12% on net winnings.
- Virtual games are taxed at the rate of 10% of the Gross Gaming Revenue and 15% rate on net winnings.
- Other gaming products under section 51 are taxed at the rate of 10% of the Gross Gaming Revenue and 15% on net winnings.
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