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Gaming Permits
Gaming Permits 
Purpose: To allow certain defined gaming activities to benefit nonprofit, charitable and community organizations in their fundraising activities. 

When Approval is Required: When a nonprofit organization wishes to use bingo, raffles, punchboards, wheels of fortune, chance books, paddle wheels and tip jars for their fundraising activities. Door prizes and 50/50 games (not pre-sold raffle tickets) do not require a permit. Unless specifically allowed in the Gaming Ordinance or in State Law, all gaming is forbidden in Frederick County. 

How to Apply: Applications for Raffle, Bingo, Tip Jar / Punchboard, Gaming and Volunteer Fire Company permits are available in P&I. Applications have cover letters which specifically state what information is required to process that application.

P&I will review the permit application for compliance with the Frederick County Gaming Ordinance.  

Approving Agencies: Department of Permits and Inspections (P&I); Frederick County Sheriff   

Processing Time: Gaming permits are usually issued within a time frame of ten to fifteen days from the day the application is made and the fee is paid. Some permits take longer when special approvals or appeals are required.

Permit approvals are required before any gaming activity is started.     

Duration of Approval: All gaming permits, except tip jars / punchboards, are valid until December 31st of the year in which they are issued. Tip jar and punchboard permit expiration date is dependent on the length of the permit, but in all cases, the permit will expire on December 31st of the year in which they are issued.   

Fees: Vary according to type (see gaming permit types below).




Gaming Ordinance

Gaming Board of Appeals