Raffles, Bazaars & Auctions

Before conducting a raffle, M.G.L. c.271, s. 7A requires the organization to obtain a raffle/bazaar permit from the Town Clerk in the town where the raffle is going to be held.

Only non-profit/charitable organizations may hold raffles, bazaars or other gaming events (i.e. Texas Hold'em or Casino Nights). The funds raised must be used for educational, charitable, religious, fraternal or civil purposes or for veteran's benefits. Permits must be obtained prior to the raffle, bazaar or gaming event.

For a printable copy of the directions for obtaining a raffle permit please click here.

Please apply no later than 30 days before the first event you wish to hold. If you do not apply on time we cannot guarantee you can hold your event.

The permit application must include:
  1. Raffle Application (click here to download the form)
    • Includes the name and address of the organization (must be a non-profit organization and in existence for a minimum of 2 years);
    • The evidence it relies on to qualify for a permit (i.e. copy of charter or by-laws);
    • The names of three officers or members who are responsible for the raffle;
    • The uses to which the net proceeds will be applied.
  2. CORI Acknowledgement forms filled out by three officers of the organization (click here to dowload the form)
  3. Beano Form (green form) needs date organized, type of organization, and signature of officer (click here to download the form)
  4. Annual Report (if you previously had a raffle permit)
  5. $25.00 raffle permit filing fee for new permits or $10.00 if you are renewing a permit from last year.
The process to obtain a permit is as follows:
  1. The permit application is submitted and reviewed by the Town Clerk.
  2. It then goes to the Chief of Police, Commissioner of Public Safety, who decides whether or not to endorse it.
  3. If endorsed by the Police Chief, it is returned to the Clerk who issues the permit.
  4. The Clerk issues a permit valid for one year from the date of issue and sends a copy to the Commissioner of Public Safety and to the Lottery Commission.
  5. The Lottery Commission sends a financial form for the organization to complete within 10 days after the raffle is completed.
  6. If the application is not endorsed by the Chief of Police or not approved by the Clerk within 30 days of applying, the organization may seek judicial review in the District Court.

Auction Permit

Auction Permits are obtained at the Town Clerk's Office and are $25.00.  

Every Auctioneer needs to be licensed or have a permit.

Click here to download the Auction Permit Application

Per MGL, Chapter 100, Section 10, "Section 10. No person shall conduct an auction without a special or annual permit issued by the city or town in which the auction is to be conducted. Application for such a permit shall be filed with the local auction permit agent and shall contain the name of the applicant; the name, address and license number of the auctioneer; the hours between which the auction is to be conducted; the location of the auction; and a general description of the goods to be auctioned. As to a special permit, the estimated value of the goods and the date or dates, not to exceed ten, on which the auction shall be held shall also be included.

Within six business days of the filing of an application for a special permit, the local auction permit agent shall either approve the permit subject to stated reasonable terms and conditions relating to public safety as he may establish, or deny the application on stated grounds, which must be reasonable grounds relating to public safety. Failure of an agent to act within the six business day period shall constitute approval of the application. Upon approval, express or implied, the applicant shall tender to the city or town treasurer the permit fee established by said agent, which fee shall be reasonable.

No person shall be eligible for an annual permit unless he maintains a regular place of business for the conduct of auctioneering in the city or town. Said permit shall be issued or denied on the same terms applicable to a special permit, except that an application which is not acted upon within fourteen days of the date of filing with the local auction permit agent shall be deemed approved. Each annual permit issued shall be valid for a term of one year commencing on the date of the express or implied approval of the application therefor. Any applicant for a special or annual permit who is aggrieved by the action of the local auction permit agent on his application shall be entitled to a public hearing by the appointing authority of the agent in accordance with the provisions of chapter thirty A."