Nairobi implements citywide gambling regulations


The Nairobi City County Assembly has approved the Betting, Lotteries, and Gaming Act. It will establish a local regulatory gambling body aswell as specific license fees in the county.

The Nairobi City Council Assembly proposed the Act, which became law on May 6, 2021.

It outlines the inclusion of various forms of gaming as eligible for prize competitions and public lotteries. This is to impose a 10% entertainment tax on gross betting, lottery, and gaming proceeds.

Anyone who wishes to operate a betting, lottery, or gaming activities must obtain a license under the Act. The license grant fee for betting establishments is KSh600,000 (£3,929/€4,567), with an application and renewal fee of KSh10,000 (£65/€76). The license grant fee for gaming and casino premises is KSh1,500,000 (£9,825/€11,418), while the application and renewal fee is KSh10,000.

Furthermore, a license application must be submitted to the Nairobi City County Betting, Lotteries, and Gaming Control Board director, whose establishment is outlined in the Act. The application has a validity of one year from the date of issue.

“This act is to provide for the implementation of National Government policy, standards, and norms in relation to betting, lotteries, and gaming in the county,” said H.E Ann Kananu, Deputy Governor of Nairobi City County.

“It will also establish county institutions and procedures for the regulation and licensing of betting, lotteries, and gaming within the county, as well as provisions for periodic monitoring and evaluation of betting, lotteries, and gaming activities within the city.”





Nassima Azmzm

Nassima Azmzm

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