The Social & Charitable Gambling website will be unavailable from December 21, 2016, through January 2, 2017, as we will be migrating to a new website. If you need to apply for a license for an event occurring in late December or early to mid-January, you will need to apply no later than December 20, 2016, to ensure sufficient processing time prior to the system shut-down and migration. All applications entered on or after December 15, 2016, must pay on-line.

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License Application Wizard is an online tool that guides you through the process of applying or reapplying for a Social & Charitable Gambling license.

To create an online application using the License Application Wizard, click the link below.

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The Social and Charitable Gambling Unit has administrative control for amusement games, contests, and casino nights operated in the state. In addition, the Unit regulates and licenses all games of skill and chance, bingo operations, raffles, and social gambling activities.

Visitors to this web site may apply and pay for a license electronically. When applying for a license, please keep in mind that Iowa law allows the Department up to 30 days to process an application. To avoid unnecessary delays and difficulties, please plan accordingly when organizing your event.

Most of the licenses issued by the Social and Charitable Gambling Unit are available only to non-profit, qualified organizations that dedicate the net receipts from a gambling activity to an educational, civic, public, charitable, patriotic, or religious purpose. Visitors to this web site who qualify for a Social and Charitable Gambling license may apply and pay for a license electronically.

Note: Several changes were made to Iowa's Social & Charitable Gambling laws during the 2015 Legislative session, including the creation of a very small raffle for which a license is not needed. To see a complete list of these changes, visit the department's website by clicking here.

Please review the information below before you begin.

Amusement Concession Licenses

Authorizes concession games of skill/chance at a fair, amusement park, or local celebration.

  • Amusement Concession License (One Year)

Social Gambling Licenses

Authorizes small stakes card and parlor games between individuals. Sports-betting pools may be conducted in beer and liquor establishments.

  • Social Gambling License - Beer & Liquor Establishments (Two year)
  • Social Gambling License - Public Places, No Alcohol Allowed (Two year)

Qualified Organization Licenses

Authorizes small games of skill or chance, bingo and raffles by tax-exempt organizations. No casino-type games. Applicants must either have a sales tax permit or have made application for a sales tax permit. Please note that the 90-Day, 180-Day, One Year, and Real Property raffle licenses are limited to raffles only; no other activities may be conducted with one of these licenses.

  • Qualified Organization License (Two Year)
  • Qualified Organization License (14-day)
  • Qualified Organization Raffle License (90-day) Raffles Only
  • Qualified Organization Raffle License (180-day) Raffles Only
  • Qualified Organization Raffle License (One Year) Raffles Only
  • Qualified Organization Real Property or Cash Prizes License $100,000 to $200,000 Raffles Only