What kind of license do I need?
Use the chart below to help determine the type of Charitable Gambling License for which you should apply. Click on the column heading to view or download the appropriate license application.
||One Year Qualified Organization
|180-Day Qualified Organization
90-Day Qualified Organization
|14-Day Qualified Organization
|Bingo at a Fair or Festival
|Bingo||Three occasions per week; 15 occasions per month||No||No||No||Two total occasions||One occasion per day for the length of the fair or festival|
|Games of Skill and Chance||Unlimited carnival-style games||No||No||No||Unlimited carnival-style games||No|
|Game Night||One per calendar year||One per calendar year||One per calendar year||One per calendar year||One per calendar year||No|
|Very Small and Small Raffles||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||No|
|Large Raffles||One per calendar year||Eight per license period with each raffle conducted in a different county||One per calendar year||One per calendar year||One per calendar year||No|
|Very Large Raffles**||One per calendar year with additional Very Large Raffle License||One per calendar year with additional Very Large Raffle License||No||No||No||No|
|Electronic Raffles||One small raffle per day; one large raffle per calendar year||No||No||No||No||No|
* An organization requesting this license must have been in existence for at least five years.
** In addition to a Two-Year or One Year Qualified Organization License, organizations wishing to conduct a very large raffle will need to download, complete, and submit a separate Very Large Raffle License application.
- Bingo Conducted at a Fair or Community Festival – allows bingo to be conducted for the duration of a fair or community festival of no more than six consecutive days in length held by a community group. Bingo occasions held under this license shall not be counted in determining whether a qualified organization has conducted the maximum three occasions per week or 15 occasions per month.
- Community Festival – means a festival of no more than six consecutive days in length held by a community group.
- Community Group – means an Iowa nonprofit, tax-exempt organization which is open to the general public and established for the promotion and development of the arts, history, culture, ethnicity, historical preservation, tourism, economic development, festivals or municipal libraries. “Community group” does not include a school, college, university, political party, labor union, fraternal organization, church, convention or association of churches or organizations operated primarily for religious purposes, or which are operated, supervised, controlled or principally supported by a church, convention of association of churches.
- Games of Skill and Chance – includes but is not limited to carnival-style games. They do not include casino-style games (See Game Night).
- Game Night – means an event at which casino-style games may be conducted, in addition to games of skill and games of chance, within one consecutive 24-hour period.
- Raffle – means a lottery in which each participant buys an entry for a chance at a prize with the winner determined by a random method and the winner is not required to be present to win. For raffles, the license duration must include your advertising, ticket sales, and drawing of the winner(s). A combination of licenses may be used to obtain the requested length of time.
- Very Small Raffle – means a raffle where the total value of cash and/or merchandise prizes is $1,000 or less and the value of all entries sold is $1,000 or less, or the total value of donated merchandise prizes is $5,000 or less and the value of all entries sold is $5,000 or less.
- Small Raffle – means a raffle where the total value of cash and/or prizes is more than $1,000 but not more than $10,000.
- Large Raffle – means a raffle whether the total value of cash and/or prizes is more than $10,000 but not more than $100,000.
- Very Large Raffle – means a raffle where the total value of cash and/or prizes is more than $100,000 but not more than $200,000 or if the prize is real property.