The Gaming Devices Regulations, 2011 came into force on 16th May, 2011 with the aim of empowering the Lotteries and Gaming Authority to license and regulate gaming devices.
The Regulations classify in different classes the activities which require to be licensed, therefore establishing which class an applicant requires to apply for according to the activity he intends on performing. Further more the Regulations also establish that the gaming devices need to be approved by the Authority.
The Regulations were issued by the Government after consultation with the Authority.
Two Directives supporting the regulations have also been published, in accordance with Government Policy, defining the parameters with which gaming parlours need to comply with, including location of premises and other requirements set out in the Locations for Gaming Parlours Directive. Furthermore an applicant is to obtain a ‘No Objection' Certificate from the Authority for such an applicant to apply for a MEPA permit and hence satisfy the requirements established in the Gaming Parlours No Objection Certificate Directive. The Directives are issued in accordamce to the powers granted by the Lotteries and Other Games Act (Cap. 438 of the Laws of Malta).