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
- 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
- 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 babyshower. 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.Previous page
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Last updated: 11 November 2022
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Following an audit the 'residential gaming' link has been updated.