Charitable Gaming Fund
Bingo Applications & Regulations


  • Bingo Application
    (Note: Use this form if 1) you are a new applicant, 2) your organization's officers have changed or 3) it has been two years or more since your last full application.)
  • Temporary Bingo Application Short Form
    (Note: Use this form if all of the information on file with the Office of Community Grant Management regarding your organization is up-to-date and two years have not elapsed since your organization has completed the last full application.)

§ 13-2407. Effect of part.

Bingo may be conducted in accordance with Part II of this subtitle.

[An. Code 1957, art. 27, § 259(a); 2002, ch. 26, § 2.]

§ 13-2408. Bingo - In general.

(a)  "Permit required.- Before a person may conduct bingo, the person shall obtain a bingo permit from the county commissioners. 

(b)  Review by county commissioners.-

(1) Before issuing a bingo permit, the county commissioners shall ascertain:

(i) the purpose of the bingo game; and;
(ii) the intended use of receipts from bingo.

(2) The county commissioners may not issue a new bingo permit for bingo that is to be conducted for profit.

[An. Code 1957, art. 27, § 259(c)(1), (2), (4); 2002, ch. 26, § 2.]

§ 13-2409. Permit fee.

(a)  Scope of section.- This section does not apply to a nonprofit organization seeking a bingo permit.

(b)  Fee.- The county commissioners may charge an annual fee not exceeding $5,000 for a bingo permit.

[An. Code 1957, art. 27, § 259(c)(3); 2002, ch. 26, § 2.]

§ 13-2410. Prize limitation.

A person may not give or offer in a single bingo game:

(1) a money prize exceeding $1,000;

(2) a merchandise prize exceeding a value of $1,000; or

(3) a prize of money and merchandise with a combined value exceeding $1,000.

[An. Code 1957, art. 27, § 259(b); 2002, ch. 26, § 2.]

§ 13-2411. Prohibited act; penalty.

(a)  In general.- A person may not conduct bingo in violation of Part II of this subtitle.

(b)  Penalty.- A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 1 year or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both.

(c)  Separate violation.- Each day that a violation occurs is a separate violation.

[An. Code 1957, art. 27, § 259(d); 2002, ch. 26, § 2.]

 

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