Lawful gambling

We share the rules for lawful gambling in Minneapolis.


We restrict lawful gambling to two types of organizations that meet all state and local criteria:

  • Licensed gambling organizations
  • Non-profit organizations

By law, we do not allow other gambling. Non-profit organizations must have an Exempt Lawful Gambling Permit.

How to apply

To apply, submit an LG 220 Application for Exempt Permit Form to the City of Minneapolis. You will find this form on the Minnesota Gambling Control Board website.


Follow the links including the Fundraising and Exempt Permits. This form must be completed in its entirety, including signatures from your organization’s CEO. A complete application includes the following:

  • The application form
  • Proof of nonprofit status
  • Processing fee
  • Self-addressed, stamped envelope

Proper proof of nonprofit status is listed on the first page of the LG 220 application form. Note that the option “Proof Previously Submitted” is not accepted by the City of Minneapolis. Applications will be returned or denied if proper proof of nonprofit status is not included with the application.


The processing fee is $65 per day for applications received more than 30 days before the event. This means if an organization is holding a raffle, $65 is required for the date of the drawing.

If an organization is holding a three-day event where bingo and pull tabs are sponsored on all three days, the fee would be $195 ,or $65 for each day of gambling. The fee is $100 per day for applications received less than 30 days before the event. Applications received less than 10 days before the event will not be accepted without prior approval of the Police License Investigator.

Submit application

Organizations should send or deliver the application to the City of Minneapolis at least 60 days before an event. Exceptions to this can be made but an additional expedited processing fee may be assessed. A letter waiving the 6o day processing time can be requested by the organization. Requests should be made to the Police Licensing Unit at time of application. Applications submitted without the proper fee will be denied and returned to the organization.

Failure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope without the proper postage could delay the application process. Incomplete applications and/or applications submitted without the proper fee will be returned to the organization without approval. The forms may be delivered in person or sent through the mail to the Minneapolis Police Licensing Unit - Gambling Section.

How to submit approved form

Send your approved application forms to the State of Minnesota:

  • After the City Council and Mayor approve your application, the application materials will be returned to you in the self-addressed, stamped envelope.
  • You are responsible for sending the approved application form, the proper proof of nonprofit status and a $100 processing fee to:

Minnesota Gambling Control Board
1711 West County Road B, Suite 300 South
Roseville, Minnesota 55113

Expedited processing fee

Applications made to the state within 30 days of the scheduled event will require a $150 expedited processing fee.

To expedite this process, an organization can include a stamped envelope addressed to for the Gambling Control Board and the check for the state processing fee with their original application materials. Minneapolis Police Licensing will forward a completed application after approval directly to the State. Proper postage is required. Records of a gambling event are required to be kept for at least three and a half years. Upon request, copies of the application will be mailed to the organization in a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Proper postage is required.

A report must be made to the State of Minnesota Gambling Control Board within 30 days of a gambling event. Follow procedures as required by the state.


Contact the Minneapolis Police Department - License Investigation Unit

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505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 220
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Minneapolis, MN 55415