In order to hold a bingo or raffles in Vernon, your non-profit organization must obtain a license from the township. But before you can do that, your organization must be registered as a “qualified” organization with the state’s Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission (LGCCC).
To register with the state, your organization must submit a completed application accompanied by a non-refundable registration fee of $100.00. Senior citizen clubs and organizations are exempt from the registration fee. The initial registration is good for two years and it can be renewed every two years thereafter for $100.00.
Once your organization is qualified to conduct games of chance under the provisions of state law and is in receipt of an identification number from the LGCCC, it may apply for a bingo or raffles license from the township clerk. Because your application must undergo review by both the township and the state, you are advised to submit your application to the clerk at least sixty days prior to your event.
Downloadable application forms are available at the bottom of this page. Have questions or need more information? Contact the Vernon Township Clerk’s Office at 973.764.4055, ext. 2234.
Although the township is permitted to charge the same fee as the LGCCC’s fees, the township only charges half the LGCCC fee. When you submit your bingo or raffles application to the township, it must be accompanied by one check made payable to the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission and one check made payable to the Township of Vernon in the amount determined from the schedule of fees which follows.
|Bingo||$20.00 to the LGCCC and $10.00 to the township for each occasion on which any game or games of bingo are to be conducted under the license.|
|50/50, less than $400.00||No fee.|
|50/50, $400.00 +||$20.00 to the LGCCC and $10.00 to the township for each day on which a drawing is to be conducted under the license.|
|Merchandise, less than $400.00||No fee.|
|Merchandise, $400.00 +||$20.00 to the LGCCC and $10.00 to the township for each day on which a drawing is to be conducted under the license.|
|50/50||$20.00 fee to the LGCCC and $10.00 to the township at the time of application for each day a drawing is to be held. In the event that the awarded prize exceeds $1,000.00, then an additional fee of $20.00 per thousand or part thereof in value of the awarded prize shall be forwarded to the LGCCC and $10.00 to the township together with the Report of Operations form.|
|Merchandise||$20.00 to the LGCCC and $10.00 to the township for each $1,000.00 or part thereof of the total retail value of the prize.|
|Other Types of Raffles|
|Non-Draw Raffles||$20.00 to the LGCCC and $10.00 to the township for each wheel or game held on any one day, or any series of consecutive days not exceeding six at one location. (Examples: carnival games or wheels.)|
|Instant Raffle Games||$20.00 to the LGCCC and $10.00 to the township for each day on which instant raffle tickets are sold or offered for sale or $750.00 to the LGCCC and $375.00 to the township for a one-year license to sell, or to offer for sale, instant raffle tickets during that year.|
|Golf Hole-in-One Contest||$20.00 to the LGCCC and $10.00 to the township per $1,000.00 or part thereof of the retail value of the ancillary prizes offered.|
|Casino Night||$100.00 to the LGCCC and $50.00 to the township for each day of operation.|
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