During October of 1997, Pinellas County enacted the Pinellas County Bingo Ordinance (Pinellas County Code Section 10-61). Anyone conducting bingo or leasing premises for the conduct of bingo must comply with the requirements of the Pinellas County Code Bingo Ordinance and Florida State Statute 849.0931.
The Pinellas County Bingo Ordinance also requires that anyone who conducts bingo or leases premises for the conduct of bingo must first obtain a license from the Department of Justice & Consumer Service (Office of Consumer Protection).
There are two types of licenses:
Please Note: All First-Time Applicants are required to meet with office of Consumer Protection Personnel for review of their application.
Licenses must be renewed annually and your renewal applications must be received in our office no later than 60 days prior to the expiration of your current license for timely processing.
BINGO LICENSE FEES:
$50 -- (Non-Refundable Application Fee) - This is submitted with your bingo license application.
$30 – Background Check Fee - per officer listed on your application.
$275 -- License Fee, due and payable upon notification of approval of your license application
BINGO ORDINANCE - FAQS
- The entire proceeds from Bingo and/or Instant Bingo shall be deposited the next business day in a checking account, which shall be maintained separate and apart from all other accounts. Licensees must report this money on the financial reporting forms provided below.
- Bingo games may only be conducted between the hours of 12:00 PM (noon) and 3:00 AM.
- No one under the age of 18 years is allowed to be present when games are being conducted
- Bingo Licenses must be displayed in a conspicuous area.
- All volunteers must wear nametags.
- Bingo volunteers are not permitted to play bingo while volunteering.
- No more than two charities may conduct bingo at any one location, per day.
- There is no limit on the number of games per session where the prize payout does not exceed $50, per game.
- Jackpots are those prize payouts of more than $50, but cannot exceed $250.
- Only Three (3) jackpot prizes are allowed per day at any location, even if two (2) charities are conducting separate sessions.
- Mobile home parks and condominium associations are exempt from licensing provision if they only allow residents to participate and follow the requirements of F.S.S. 849.0931.
- If a mobile home park or condominium association wishes to permit anyone other than a resident to participate in bingo, they will need to apply for a license.
For additional information about the Pinellas County Bingo Ordinance, please contact the Office of Consumer Protection at (727) 464-6200.
UPDATED APPLICATION AND REPORTING FORM EFFECTIVE 3/1/2016:
PINELLAS COUNTY BINGO ORDINANCE
FSS 849.0931 – (State Statute Relating to Bingo)