Objective and Function
The objective of the Board of Charitable Gaming is to protect the public by regulating and policing activities which involve charitable gaming. To meet this objective, the Board
- develops standards for professional competency
- promulgates rules and regulations
- adjudicates complaints against persons and groups it regulates and, when necessary, imposes disciplinary sanctions.
The Board's statutory authority is in 28 Del. C., Chapter 15.
Organizations must receive a gaming permit before advertizing or holding any charitable gaming event and before selling raffle tickets.
The Board issues permits to conduct charitable games to groups including volunteer fire companies, veterans’ organizations, charitable or religious organizations and fraternal societies that have been in existence two or more years. Charitable gaming is defined as any game or scheme in which chance is the dominant factor and in which participants pay a consideration to play and may win a prize. The games that the Board regulates include bingo, instant bingo, raffles, Texas Hold’em poker tournaments and other charitable games. The Board does not regulate slot machines, roulette, craps and baccarat. The Board also issues permits to charitable gaming vendors.
The Board meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. All meetings are open to the general public and are held in the Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, in Dover.
To ensure that a license application is on the agenda for the Board's consideration at its next meeting, submit the application and all documentation no later than ten full business days (excluding federal and state holidays) before the next meeting date. The Board will review an application only if all of the following requirements are met:
- The application form must be complete, signed and notarized. As forms are subject to change, be sure to use the current form from the Forms page on this website each time you apply for a permit. Obsolete forms will be rejected.
- The application must be accompanied by the correct fee. Applications without fees will be rejected.
- The application must include all supporting documentation as spelled out in the Licensure Requirements.
- Your organization’s After Occasion Reports (AORs) must be up-to-date. AORs are due no later than 30 days after a gaming event. If your organization’s AORs for past events are overdue, the Board will not review your application for any future event.
The Delaware Council on Gambling Problems, Inc. (DCGP) offers confidential assistance to gamblers, their families and to those who are concerned about a friend or colleague. DCGP provides literature, support meeting information, treatment information and 24-hour help. If you believe that you or someone you know may be experiencing a gambling problem, find out about the help and services offered by the DCGP by calling the Gambling Helpline at 1-888-850-8888.
Phone - Fax - Email
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904