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Domestic gaming

Domestic gaming is one of two forms of what's known as 'private gaming' - which can only take place somewhere the public can't access.

Where it can take place

In a private dwelling, such as a house. This can also include other types of accommodation used as, or as part of, a home. For example, motorhomes, houseboats and garden sheds.

Under 18s can take part.

You do not need a licence for this kind of gaming.

What you must do

You must:

  • make sure the game takes place in the house or accommodation where you usually live
  • play the game on a domestic occasion. For example, a dinner party or other small gathering in your home.

What you can’t do

You can’t:

  • hold the bingo game outside of a residential setting
  • play the game in group accommodation, such as student halls of residence. See residential gaming instead
  • charge any entry fees - this includes any kind of admission fee or fee for taking part
  • make a profit from the game - even if you intend to donate the profits to charity or good causes
  • play the bingo virtually, or online in any way.


Danielle invites her friends over to her house for her baby shower. One of the activities is a game of bingo. Everyone will physically play the bingo game at Danielle’s house and everyone has the same chance of winning.

Every player pays a £1 stake and this makes up the pot of money which can be won.

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