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Online bingo

You need a licence to run any kind of online or 'remote' bingo. This includes any type of game where players would be taking part virtually. For example, you need a licence to run a bingo game played using social media or on a video call, using platforms such as Zoom.

Warning If you run an online bingo game without a licence you are breaking the law.

Online bingo includes bingo offered using any form of 'remote' communications

This includes:

  • internet
  • telephone
  • television
  • radio
  • any other type of electronic or other technology that enable communication.

Why you need a licence

The legal basis for bingo means that even if you have good intentions (such as playing for charity) you could face a fine or criminal prosecution.

You can read more in Section 6 of the Gambling Act 2005 (opens in new tab).

What you must do

If you want to run online bingo you’ll need to apply for a remote bingo operating licence with us. You’ll also need to comply with the relevant legal requirements and our regulatory codes.

If you don’t want to apply for a licence, we’d strongly recommend choosing another activity. You can find fundraising ideas on the NHS Charities Together website (opens in new tab).

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