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The sector is primarily regulated under the Lotteries and Gaming Act 2016 and subsidiary regulations issued under the Act plus guidelines issued from time to time by the Board. Current regulations are:-

  • The Lotteries and Gaming (Fees) Regulations S.I No. 6 of 2017
  • The Lotteries and Gaming (Licensing) Regulations S.I No. 7 of 2017
  • The Lotteries and Gaming (Minimum Capital Requirements) Regulations S.I No.8 of 2017.
  • The Lotteries and Gaming (Betting) Regulations S.I No.9 of 2017
  • The Lotteries and Gaming (Gaming and Betting Machines) Regulations S.I No 10 of 2017.

The Lotteries and Gaming Act prescribes the following licenses to be issued under the act.

  • License to conduct a National Lottery
  • License to conduct a Public Lottery
  • License to operate a casino or a casino operating license.
  • License to provide facilities for playing bingo, or a bingo operating license.
  • License to provide facilities for betting other than pool betting, or a general betting operating license.
  • License to provide facilities for pool betting, or a pool betting operating license.
  • License to act as a betting intermediary or a betting intermediary operating license.
  • License to make gaming or betting machines available for use in a gaming or betting center or a gaming or betting machine general operating license.
  • License to manufacture, supply, install, adapt, maintain or repair a gaming or betting machine, or a part of a gaming or betting machine or a gaming or betting machine technical operating license; or
  • License to manufacture, supply, install or adapt gambling software or a gambling software operating license.

Section 41 of the Lotteries and Gaming Act gives the Board mandate to review application and award license. An application for a license under the law shall be made to the Board and the application shall be in the prescribed form and shall;

  • Specify the activity for which a license is required and the type of license;
  • Where the applicant is an individual, state the age of the applicant;
  • Where the applicant is a company, the age of the shareholders;
  • Specify the address of the applicant;
  • Be accompanied by the prescribed fee; and
  • Be accompanied by the prescribed information or documents.

 Section 42 of the Lotteries and Gaming Act states that Processing of application by the Board shall examine the application and;

  • Shall take into account the suitability of the applicant to carry on the activities for which the license is required;
  • May Consider the suitability of any gaming and betting machine proposed to be used in connection with the activities for which the license is required; or
  • May consider the suitability of any other equipment proposed to be used in connection with the activities for which the license is required.

In determining the suitability, the board takes into account the following

  • The integrity of the applicant or of a person relevant to the application;
  • The competence of the applicant or of a person relevant to the application to carry on the licensed activities in a manner consistent with this Act;
  • The financial and other circumstances of the applicant or of a person relevant to the application, including, the resources likely to be available for the purpose of carrying on the licensed activities.

After investigating and inquiring into the matters stated in the application, the Board shall within twenty one days after receiving an application

  • Approve the application and issue a license;
  • Reject the application; or
  • Approve the application and issue a license in respect of one or more of the activities specified in the application and reject it in respect of the others.

Where the Board rejects an application in whole or in part, the Board shall within fourteen days notify the applicant of the rejection, and specify the reasons.A person aggrieved by the decision of the Board, shall appeal to the Minister. The chairperson of the Board shall sign the license where the Board recommends that a license may be issued. The Board shall gazette licenses issued and applications rejected.

In line with The Lotteries and Gaming (Fees) Regulations S.I No. 6 of 2017 the fees applicable are:-

Type of licence, registration or other matters under the Act or Regulations
Fees payable in Uganda Shillings
Application fee to conduct a national
Lottery
(a) foreigners
(b) nationals
50,000,000/=, 20,000,000/=
Licence fee to conduct a national lottery 100,000,000/=
Application fee to conduct a public lottery
(a) foreigners
(b) nationals
20,000,000/=, 10,000,000/=
Licence fee to conduct public lottery 10,000,000/=
Application fee to operate a casino, or a casino
operating licence;
(a) foreigners
(b) nationals
50,000,000/=, 20,000,000/=
Licence fee to operate a casino, or a casino operating licence15,000,000/=
Application fee for a licene to provide facilities for pool betting, or a pool betting operating licence;
(a) foreigners
(b) nationals
20,000,000/=, 10,000,000/=
A pool betting, or a pool betting operating licence. 10,000,000/=
Application fee for a licence to provide facilities for playing bingo, or a bingo operating licence;
(a) foreigners
(b) nationals
20,000,000/=, 10,000,000=
Licence to provide facilities for playing bingo, or a bingo operating licence
10,000,000/=
Application fee for a licence to provide facilities for betting, or a general betting operating licence;
(a) foreigners
(b) nationals
20,000,000/=, 10,000,000/=
Licence fee to provide facilities for betting, or a general betting operating licence10,000,000/=
Application for a licence to act as abetting intermediary, or a betting intermediary operating
licence;
(a) foreigners
(b) nationals
20,000,000/=, 10,000,000/=
Licence to act as betting intermediary, or a betting intermediary operating licence.
10,000,000/=
Licence fee to make gaming machines available for use in a gaming centre or a gaming machine general operating licence or gambling software operating licence.
(a) foreigners
(b) nationals
20,000,000/=, 10,000,000/=
Application for renewal of licence where the previous licence has not expired in accordance with section 47 of the Act. Nil
An application for a special employee licence50,000/=
Registration of gaming or betting machine or device 50,000/= per machine or device
Transfer of registered ownership of gaming or betting machine or device
50,000/=
Approval to lease or transfer possession of a gaming or betting machine 50,000/=
Inspection and approval fee for establishing a branch of a casino or any other gaming or betting facility
1,000,000/=

Section 4 states that the Board shall receive investigate and arbitrate complaints relating to lotteries, gaming, betting and casinos and take appropriate action; one would need to lodge a formal complaint with the board which is then dealt with in accordance with the law, regulations and guidelines.

Current tax rate (Gaming Tax) is 35% of the gross gaming revenue (house winnings less payouts). Returns and payment of tax is made to the Uganda Revenue Authority.