Ministry of Finance - Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch

Class D Licence - $5,000 or less in gross revenue

Class D gaming event licences allow eligible groups or organizations to fundraise by holding a gaming event or series of gaming events that will generate up to $5,000 in gross revenue. Gaming events include raffles and bingos. This page includes information about these licences, including: eligibility, how to apply, application resources (forms, tips, FAQs, etc.) and more.

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Overview

Eligibility Your group or organization must include at least three members who take responsibility for the gaming event. Funds raised must be used to benefit a community and/or third party within British Columbia, or an eligible general purpose of your group or organization that provides direct benefit to a third party or the broader community. Details provided in Section 1.2 of Class D Licence - Guidelines and Conditions [PDF].

Individual sports teams are eligible for a Class D licence.
Expected Gross Revenue $5,000 or less (for a single event or a series of events)
Eligible Gaming Events Ticket Raffles
Independent Bingos
Application Submit online only
Processing Fee $10.00 (non-refundable)
Processing Time Up to three (3) business days

Notes: Application processing cannot start until all of the supporting documents have been received by the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch in Victoria. Applications are processed during regular business hours only (Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm). Applications received outside these hours will be reviewed during business days only. Applications are processed in the order they arrived. Please submit your gaming event licence application at least three (3) business days before the start of your event(s).

How to apply

Step 1:
Confirm eligibility and review important documents
Check that your group or organization is eligible to apply for a Class D gaming event licence by reviewing the "Eligibility" information in the "Overview" section at the top of this page.

After you have confirmed your group or organization's eligibility, please familiarize yourself with the following important licensing documents:
Standard procedures for your gaming event must be reviewed as well:
Step 2:
Prepare for your application
Completing an application may take some time. We suggest planning for 30 to 60 minutes. With the online application system you cannot save your work and return to it later. To get through your application as efficiently as possible, please prepare before you start your online application by reviewing the following pre-application information.

Pre-application checklist:
The document below is intended to help you gather the correct information before you start your online application.
Frequently asked questions:
The document below includes commonly asked questions about using the Gaming Online Service website.
Step 3:
Start and submit your application
Go to the Online Service page to start your online application (look for the "Apply Online" link).

Step 4:
Submit supporting documents
Make sure you submit supporting documents for your application. Application processing cannot start until all of the supporting documents have been received by the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch in Victoria.

If you chose the 'mail' option for any of the questions, submit only those documents and include your online application ID number and your organization name. You can submit by email to gaming.branch@gov.bc.ca or you can send by regular mail (see 'licensed charitable gaming' addresses on the Contact Us page).
Step 5:
Wait for your application decision
Typically, the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch advises applicants within three (3) business days of receipt of the application whether a licence will be issued. Please see additional processing time notes at the top of this page in the "Overview" section.

Please make sure your email is set to allow messages sent from the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch about your application (see our Email Tips page).

To check the status of an application, please see the Application Status Reports page or contact the branch by phone (see the Contact Us page.)

Applications that are denied may be eligible for reconsideration [PDF].

Resources

Online Application Resources See the "How to apply" section above for a variety of online application resources including: pre-application checklists, example documents and frequently asked questions.
Guidelines and Conditions Documents This document provides important information about Class D gaming event licences.
Standard Procedures for Gaming Events This document provides information about standards of operation for different types of gaming events.
Quick Recovery Checklist for Compliance with Guidelines and Conditions Community organizations may be audited by the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch to ensure compliance with guidelines and conditions. This checklist highlights areas that can give rise to non-compliance, but are easily rectified.
Financial Reporting Forms (Gaming Account Summary Report and Gaming Event Revenue Report) Use the Gaming Account Summary Report form to report all deposits to, and all disbursements from, your organization's Gaming Account(s) during your fiscal year. Organizations must submit this form within 90 days of their fiscal year-end.
Use the Gaming Event Revenue Report form to report all revenues and expenses associated with a licensed gaming event held by your organization. Organizations must submit this form within 90 days after the expiry of each gaming event licence.
Special Approval Request Forms for Out-of-Province Travel or Capital Projects Organizations must submit a special approval request form if they wish to use gaming funds for out-of-province travel or capital projects.
Appeal a Decision (Reconsideration) Applications that are denied may be eligible for reconsideration. This document outlines the reconsideration process.
Reporting Wrongdoing This document outlines requirements for reporting wrongdoing for licensees and grant recipients.