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Small Games of Chance License

This license is required for any organization that conducts small games of chance on a continuing basis. (If the applicant organization is only conducting small games of chance at three occasions in a year should apply for a Limited Occasion License.) These games include punchboards, pull-tabs, raffles, daily drawings and weekly drawings.

This license is governed by the State of Pennsylvania, but is issued by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections. Only non-profit charitable organization may apply for this license.


  • If the applying organization is incorporated, a copy of the applicant’s Articles of Incorporation must be submitted. If the applicant is not incorporated, a copy of Bylaws or other documents defining the organization’s structure and purpose must be submitted.
  • Documentation indicating that the organization has been fulfilling its purpose for at least one year prior to the date of license application
  • A copy of the Internal Revenue Services’ determination letter, 501-(c)3, which grants tax exempt status to your organization
  • Copies of either the lease agreement or property deed to the premises where the games will be conducted
  • Schedule Sheet (part of the application form)


  • Small Games of Chance $100
  • Limited Occasion License $10 (Holders of Limited Occasion Licenses are not eligible for a Special Permit License.)
  • Special Permit License is $25 (If the prize to be awarded is greater than $500 the applicant must also apply for a Special Permit License.)

Games of Chance Application

Payment Information

RETURNED CHECKS: If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, (1) you authorize The City of Philadelphia or its agent to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account to collect a fee of $20; and (2) The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.