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How to apply to host a raffle or bazaar

How to apply to host a raffle or bazaar

If you are a nonprofit group and you want to host a raffle, a bazaar, or a Las Vegas Night to raise money, you have two options:

Step

Before you get started

The nonprofit holding the event needs to have been registered for the past two years with the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office.

You need to complete the Event Report Form attached to your application within one year of the event. We won’t renew a permit until you file the previous year’s report.

You need to arrange for a paid Boston police detail for your event. Contact a police department in your district.

Step

Prepare your application

Print out and complete the application. The application includes the Notice of Issuance of Raffle and/or Bazaar form.

We will need to see a current copy of your nonprofit’s Articles of Organization. You can find a copy at the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office.

If there will be more than 25 people at your event, we need to see a copy of the Fire Assembly Permit. If the nonprofit borrows gambling equipment from a company, we need to see the contract.

There is a $30 filing fee. We take cash or a money order made payable to the City of Boston.

Step

Go to Boston City Hall

Bring your completed application, documents, and payment to the City Clerk:

  • 1 City Hall Square, Room 601
  • Boston, MA 02201-2014
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You can also visit the City Hall to Go truck (Drop-off only):

Step

Before you get started

The nonprofit holding the event needs to have been registered for the past two years with the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office.

You need to complete the Event Report Form attached to your application within one year of the event. We won’t renew a permit until you file the previous year’s report.

You need to arrange for a paid Boston police detail for your event. Contact a police department in your district.

Step

Prepare your application

Print out and complete the application. The application includes the Notice of Issuance of Raffle and/or Bazaar form.

We will need to see a current copy of your nonprofit’s Articles of Organization. You can find a copy at the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office.

If there will be more than 25 people at your event, we need to see a copy of the Fire Assembly Permit. If the nonprofit borrows gambling equipment from a company, we need to see the contract.

There is a $30 filing fee. We take cash or a money order made payable to the City of Boston.

Step

Mail us your info

Please send your completed application, documents, and payment to:

  • City Clerk’s Office, Room 601
  • 1 City Hall Square
  • Boston, MA 02201-2014

We will send a notice about your application within 10 business days.

Need to Know:
  • If you have any questions about your application, please contact Dassie Bheecham at 617-635-4602.
Contact:
City Clerk
617-635-4601
1 City Hall Square
Room 601
Boston, MA 02201-2014
United States