This Is An Act Of Parliament To Provide For The Control And Licensing Of Betting And Gaming Premises; For The Imposition And Recovery Of A Tax On Betting And Gaming; For The Authorizing Of Public Lotteries; And For Connected Purposes. It Is Under This Act That Permits And Licenses Can Be Issued For Book Makers, Casinos, Lotteries And Prize Competitions.
This is the Board created under the Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Act, CAP 131 of the Laws of Kenya. Its mandate is the provide for the control and licensing of betting and gaming premises.
To issue licenses and permits in accordance with this Act and any regulations made thereunder;
Betting Control and Licensing Board
3rd & 8th Floor, KCS House (Kenya Charity Sweepstake House)
Mama Ngina Street
P. O. Box 43977-00100, Nairobi
Tel: (020)316471 and (020)2220186
Section 5 of Cap 131 provides for the application of licences and permits.
Section 5 provides;
Following the devolution under the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, certain services previously offered by the National Government were devolved to the County Government. Under the 4th Schedule of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, among the functions of the County Government is to cater for/ control cultural activities, public entertainment and public amenities including betting, casinos and other forms of gambling. It is in this spirit that the County Governments handle the licensing of Casinos, pool tables, gaming and lottery tickets hand in hand with the BCLB. The BCLB provides the National Policy and Framework which is to be adopted and operationalized by the Counties. In Nairobi County, the License Application Forms can be accessed through the County Government although the application is still addressed to the BCLB in the same form as provided under the Act. In addition, among the requirements for several of the BCLB Permits and Licenses is the approval of the Local Government (under the Old Constitution) which function has now devolved to the respective County Governments.
This Bill dated 11th June 2015 was introduced in the National Assembly by Hon. Aden Duale. It seeks to introduce taxes to be paid by gaming operators, operators of lotteries and prize competitions, who are currently not taxed. Each of the taxes will be payable to the Commissioner General of the Kenya Revenue Authority on the 20th day of the month following collection by the licensed bookmaker/ promoter or licensed person. The bill follows a proposal announced in the 2015/2016 National Budget. The taxes to be introduced are:
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