Authorization to work as a betting company


People (companies) who intend to work as a betting company in Lower Austria require a license in accordance with the Lower Austrian Betting Act.

Scope of application:

  1. Commercial conclusion of bets on the occasion of sporting events by bookmakers,
  2. Commercial brokerage of bets on the occasion of sporting events by totalisators,
  3. Commercial brokerage of betting customers on the occasion of sporting events through brokers and
  4. Exercise of the activities mentioned in items 1 to 3 on the internet in the province of Lower Austria by internet betting providers.
  1. Informal application
  2. Official photo identification of the applicant or the person authorized to represent the applicant externally
  3. (if resident abroad) proof of registration of the applicant or of the person authorized to represent
  4. (if you are not an Austrian citizen) criminal record certificate of the applicant or the person authorized to represent outside the company
  5. (for foreign companies) excerpt from the commercial register or equivalent foreign document, e.g. Extract from the European Business Register - EWC - (if the organizer is a legal person or a registered partnership)
  6. Concept of effective measures for the protection of the betting people and for addiction prevention
  7. Concept to train employees in dealing with gambling or gambling addiction and cooperating with one or more player protection institutions
  8. Appointment of a manager
  9. Appintment of a money laundering officer

Administrative charges according to § 78 of the Allgemeines Verwaltungsverfahrensgesetz 1991 – AVG in conjunction with § 1 of the NÖ Landes-Verwaltungsabgabenverordnung 2001 and the currently valid NÖ Landes-Verwaltungsabgabentarif – Tarif Post B X. 113.

Fees according to the Gebührengesetz 1957. 

The total costs for the procedure for granting of a licence depends on the duration of the betting activity and the number of documents that need to be submitted.

§ 4 NÖ Wettgesetz

After presentation and examination of the documents, a ruling (Bescheid) will be issued.

  • Of legal age (majority)
  • Decision-making ability
  • reliability
  • Financial performance
  • Austrian citizenship or citizenship of a member state of the European Union or another signatory state to the EEA Agreement, or
  • For legal entities: domicile in Austria, in a member state of the European Union or another member state of the EEA Agreement

There is no form. Only an informal application is required.

The distance between betting offices must be more than 100 m walkway (measured from the middle of the entrances and exits). The license applicant has to prove the distances with a technical report. 

The application must state:

  • Type of activity carried out as a betting Company
  • betting Offices
  • When using betting terminals: the number, the locations, the type designation and the serial number
  • Duration of the permit. 

The financial capacity must be proven by a security deposit in the form of a bank guarantee from a financial institution located in the European Union or in a state equivalent to the law of the European Union in the amount of € 150,000, - with a validity period of at least one year.

Authentication or signature of the application is not required.

An appeal is possible against rulings issued by an authority and shall be filed by the party within a four weeks term with the authority that issued the ruling of first instance (against rulings without investigation procedure within a two weeks term). The term starts with the receipt of the written copy of the ruling, in the case of oral pronouncement simultaneously with it. 

The appeal shall indicate the ruling it contests, the authority that issued the ruling and contain a motion of appeal with the reasons. No more appeal is admissible if the party expressly waived the right of appeal after receipt or pronouncement of the ruling. 

Each ruling contains instructions on the right to appeal and indicates the authority and the deadline for submission of such appeal.


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