Legislation and Regulations

A number of laws and regulations have been drawn up to create the regulatory framework that covers the activities licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). In this section you can find the English and Maltese versions of all the laws and regulations related to gaming.

Whilst the Authority makes every effort to update the list of laws and regulations in accordance with any amendments that are effected, it is suggested that you consult www.justiceservices.gov.mt for the latest version of the aforementioned laws and regulations.

Legislative Framework

Gaming legislation is based on a three-tier framework:

A ‘Parent’ or ‘enabling’ Act is at first level: (Lotteries and Other Games Act, 2001 – Chapter 438 of the Laws of Malta)

  • Passed through Parliament;
  • Regulates all forms of gaming in Malta, excluding casinos which are regulated by the Gaming Act (Chapter 400 of the Laws of Malta);
  • Establishes the fundamental principles of gaming;
  • Establishes the regulatory authority;
  • Establishes the general principles of specific sectors of gaming.

The Second tier: ‘Regulations’:

  • Published by Legal Notice following assent by the Minister responsible for the Malta Gaming Authority;
  • Outline the detailed requirements for the granting of licences, including the procedures and the requirements of the technical systems;
  • Relate to specific sectors of gaming.

The Third tier is made up of Directives and Guidelines:

  • MGA Directives are binding in terms of article 76A of the Lotteries and Other Games Act, whereas guidelines are intended to serve as a means of assisting licensees to comply with their obligations;
  • These instruments contain various measures which are intended to permit a degree of flexibility to be able to adjust to the ongoing evolution of the gaming sector in a timely manner.