Class B Gambling Event Licence ($20,000 or Less in Gross Revenue)

Class B gambling event licences allow eligible organizations to fundraise by holding a gambling event or series of gambling events that will generate up to $20,000 in gross revenue. Gambling events include raffles, texas hold'em poker, bingos, social occasion casinos and wheels of fortune. 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 Non-profit organizations raising funds to support programs or services they provide that directly benefit the broader community. Details provided in Section 8 of Class A and B Licence - Guidelines (PDF)
Expected Gross Revenue $20,000 or less (for a single event or a series of events)
Eligible Gambling Events
  • Ticket Raffles
  • Texas Hold'em Poker
  • Independent Bingos
  • Wheels of Fortune
  • Social Occasion Casinos
Application Submit online or by mail
Processing Fee $25.00 (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 gambling event licence application at least three (3) business days before the start of your event(s).

How to Apply

Click below to see information about each step of the Class B gambling event licence application process. Click "expand all" if you want to see all of the steps or if you want to print this page.

Check that your organization is eligible to apply for a Class B gambling event licence by reviewing the "Eligibility" information in the Overview section at the top of this page.

After you have confirmed your organization's eligibility, please familiarize yourself with the following important licensing documents:

Standard procedures for your chosen gambling event must be reviewed as well (you only need to review the document for the type of event you plan to hold):

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 online service website.

Online application
We recommend you submit your application online. Go to the Online Service page to start your online application (look for the "Apply Online" link).

Alternative option: Mail-in application
Download and print the appropriate form from the list below, depending on your gambling event. Complete the form and mail or courier it, along with supporting documents, to the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch in Victoria. Addresses can be found on the application form or on the Questions & Contact Information page.

Note: Faxed or emailed applications will NOT be accepted.

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 submitted an online application and 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 supporting documents by email or regular mail using the addresses on the Questions & Contact Information page.

Typically, applicants will be notified 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 online service system about your application (see our Email Tips page).

To check the status of an application, please see Application Status Reports. If you have questions about your application you can phone or send an email.

Email: Gaming.Branch@gov.bc.ca
Phone (Victoria): 250 387-5311
Toll-free within B.C.: 1 800 663-7867 ask to be transferred to the number above

Applications that are denied may be eligible for reconsideration (PDF).

Resources

Additional information, documents, and forms related to Class B gambling event licences are available in this section. Click below to see more information about these resources. Click "expand all" if you want to see all of the information or if you want to print this page.

These resources are also available in the "How to Apply" section above and are intended to help you prepare for your online application.

Pre-application checklist:
The document below is intended to help you gather the correct information before you start your online application.

Example documents:
The documents below are examples of financial documents that you may be asked to provide during your online application. These types of documents are referenced in the pre-application checklist.

Frequently asked questions:
The document below includes commonly asked questions about using the online service website.

These documents provide important information about Class B gambling event licences.

Community organizations may be audited by to ensure compliance with guidelines and conditions. The documents below provide general information about audits and also highlight areas that can give rise to non-compliance, but are easily rectified.

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 gambling event held by your organization. Organizations must submit this form within 90 days after the expiry of each gambling event licence.

Applications that are denied may be eligible for reconsideration. This document outlines the reconsideration process.

Online Service

Apply for a gambling event licence or gaming grant, check your application status, or report gambling wrongdoing.

Useful Contacts

Contact the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch if you have questions about gambling event licences in B.C.

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