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Running a bingo game requires a license. A bingo licence can be granted to a community or foundation for non-profit purposes. Therefore, a bingo licence cannot be granted to a company or private person engaged in business activities, for example. The profits of a bingo game must be used for public-benefit purposes.

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Compulsory license application documents:

• An annual report or other proof of the applicant having engaged in activities that promote their chosen cause. An annual report is the preferred form of proof. For a special reason, other forms of proof may be submitted if there is no annual report.

• Extract from the minutes of the meeting concerning the bingo game. This refers to an extract from the minutes of the meeting in which the running of the bingo game was decided.

• A copy of the most recent adopted financial statements. Financial statements must also include an auditor’s report.

• A copy of the rules of the association or foundation.

• An extract from the Register of Associations, the Register of Foundations or the Trade Register/an extract from a register maintained by a public organisation. The extract must not be more than 3 months old, calculated from the date of the license application.

• Bingo game rules

The attachments are mandatory. The application must be filled in carefully and it must be ensured that the application is signed by a person or persons who have the authority to sign in accordance with the extract from the Register of Associations. An incomplete application delays the processing of the matter.

The bingo license applicant must provide in the application proof of the reliability of the drawing systems to be used in the game. The applicant must also provide proof that the venue is suitable for organising bingo games and for public gatherings. If you are renewing your license and the game venue remains the same, no new proof must be provided.

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To whom and on what terms

You can apply for a bingo license by submitting a written application. If you wish to continue running bingo games, you must apply for a new licence well in advance of the expiry of your previous licence. You may not continue running bingo games if your licence has expired and you have not been granted a new license.

The licensing authority for bingo games is the National Police Board. The duties of the licensing authority are carried out by the Gambling Administration of the National Police Board.


Well in advance of the expiry of the previous license.

Period of validity

The bingo licence is valid for a maximum of three years.

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Text edited by: Poliisi
Updated: 26/3/2024