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Are you unwilling or unable to apply online?

Download the Application form for a presence permit (PDF, 131.87 KB) and fill in.  Send the form to the City of Leeuwarden. You can also hand it in at the Town Hall.

What are the requirements?

  • You may apply for a licence for up to two gaming machines.
  • The gaming machine may only be placed in a high-threshold establishment. That could be a café or restaurant.

The conditions of a high-threshold establishment are

  • You have an alcohol licence.
  • Your visitors come mainly for the food and drink. There is no other activity that attracts a different kind of visitor.
  • Your visitors are aged 18 or above.

Do you want a gaming arcade?

This licence is granted for 5 years. A maximum of 1 amusement arcade is allowed in the City of Leeuwarden. This is stated in the ‘Regulation on gaming machine halls City of Leeuwarden 2014’. Currently, there is already a slot machine hall in the City of Leeuwarden. No more are permitted.


12-month permit 4-year permit
1 gaming machine € 56.50 € 226.00
2nd gaming machine € 34.00 € 136.00

Laws and regulations

The following laws can be found on the website Overheid.nl (national):

  • Gaming Act

The following regulations can be found on the website Overheid.nl (local):

  • Alcohol Act
  • General Municipal Ordinance Leeuwarden
  • Special laws policy document on catering, cannabis cafes, sex work and gambling
  • Regulation on gaming arcades City of Leeuwarden 2014