After the ten-year stagnation, the Ukrainian government began to solve the problems of the gambling industry that had been working under the radar for a long time. On January 17, 2020, the Verkhovna Rada approved the bill No. 2285-d in the first reading.
The draft bill is still being elaborated by the special financial committee but experienced businessmen are already calculating the possible profit that they will get from the launch of new gambling projects. To bring their ideas to life, entrepreneurs will need to obtain a casino license in Ukraine.
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The bill divides Ukrainian casino licensing into several categories based on the company’s area of activity. For example, having betting and casino business simultaneously will require the acquisition of at least 2 permits.
Among the licenses with the special status, there are:
A license that allows its holders to provide gambling services. It must be obtained by software vendors, creators of the game content, and organizations that render other services for the casino industry (testing, certification, etc.). This document is valid for 5 years, and it costs 300 minimum wages (1,416.9 hryvnias).
Investment authorization. It is issued for free and for 10 years. Applicants must submit and approve an investment project for the construction of a 5-star hotel compound with more than 150 rooms and a space for a gambling location.
The issuance of the permit takes place in the following sequence:
Collection of the necessary documents and their submission to the authorized body. Applications are sent to the Commission for the Development and Regulation of Gambling. It bends directly to the Cabinet of Ministers and consists of 7 elected members.
Receipt of notification on the status of the request. The Commission must come to a decision no later than in 15 workdays after the acceptance of the application.
Payment of the state duty for the permit. It must be made no later than in 10 days after reception of a response. Businessmen must provide a notarized copy of the receipt.
Further, the Commission enters the legal data of the new licensee into special registers (for each gambling sphere separately), which are opened to all users: partners, gamblers, and suppliers.
The following categories of people are not allowed to play casino games:
players under the age of 21;
disabled and incapacitated person;
recipients of grants for housing and public utility services;
athletes and sports personnel (if they are related to the holding of competitions, tournaments, and matches);
debtors who are obliged to pay alimony (more than 3 months delay).
If a visitor ignored the restrictions and placed a bet in a casino or a betting shop, operators have the right not to pay them the earned prize.
Owners of the gambling business assure that they will keep close track on their audience:
Documents (passport and a driving license) will be checked in land-based gambling halls to confirm the age of players.
Online operators should take care of the availability of authentication systems on gambling platforms (with the use of MobileID and BankID methods). It is possible to verify the identity of gamblers by requesting their digital signatures or scans of documents confirming their age.
Operators are also required to protect the personal data of users.