Raffle & Bazaar Permits
Raffle & Bazaar Permit Application Form
Although Massachusetts General Laws prohibit most forms of gambling in the Commonwealth, an exception is made under Chapter 271, Section 7A for certain non-profit organizations that wish to raise funds through raffles and bazaars. (The term "bazaar" is used to refer to "casino night" type events.)
Exception in Law
Fee & Related ItemsOrganizations meeting the criteria outlined in the law may apply for a permit from the Town Clerk where the raffle drawing or casino night will take place. The permit application fee in Chelmsford is $20. A permit will be issued only after approval of the application by the Town Clerk and the Chief of Police.
The permit is valid for 1 year from the date of issuance. An unlimited number of raffles, but only 3 bazaars (casino nights) may be held within the duration of the permit.
Gross proceeds of raffles and bazaars are subject to a 5% Massachusetts excise tax on wagering. Proceeds must be reported to the Lottery Commission and taxes paid within 10 days after each event. The Lottery Commission will send the appropriate tax reporting forms to the sponsoring organization. Additional forms can be obtained by calling the Lottery Commission at 781-849-5555.