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.
Online bingo includes bingo offered using any form of 'remote' communications
- 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).Previous page
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Last updated: 10 June 2021
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