Town of Durham, CT
Middlesex County
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[Adopted 7-9-2018[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former § 4-1, Bazaars and raffles, adopted 9-12-1955.
Bazaars and raffles are permitted in the Town as authorized by Connecticut State Statutes, including, without limitation, C.G.S. § 7-170 et seq., as the same may be amended from time to time. In accordance with Public Act 17-231,[1] effective January 1, 2018, the Town will be responsible for the permitting and enforcement of all bazaars and raffles. In addition, the Town will be responsible for receiving and monitoring the post-event reporting by the organization.
[1]
Editor’s Note: See C.G.S. §7-169.
Bazaar and raffle permits may be issued to qualifying nonprofit organizations by the First Selectman. Permit application forms are available on the Town's website or at the First Selectman's office. The permit application, proof of nonprofit status and fees shall be submitted to the office of the First Selectman.
(a) 
Bazaar and raffle permit applications shall be accompanied with the fee as outlined in the table below:
Permit Class
Permit Fee
Class 1
$75
Class 2
$30
Class 3
$20 per day
Class 4
$15
Class 5
$120
Class 6
$150
Class 7
$300
(b) 
Payment shall be made payable to "Town of Durham" and submitted with the permit application to the office of the First Selectman.
(a) 
Bazaar permits may be issued to qualifying nonprofit organizations wishing to run a bazaar in the Town of Durham. Bazaar permit application fees are on a per-day basis. Examples of bazaar games are 50/50, tea cup, and blower ball games. If total prizes exceed $7,500, the Town shall investigate the qualifications of the organization and verify the facts on the application.
(b) 
After each bazaar has been permitted and completed, a verified statement, to include gross receipts, expenses, net profit and prizes awarded, is to be filed with the First Selectman's office of the Town of Durham by the organization at the end of the next succeeding month. There is no payment to the Town in conjunction with the verified statement.
(a) 
Raffle permits are issued to qualifying nonprofit organizations wishing to run a raffle in the Town of Durham. There are various classes of raffle permits which are based on factors such as the length of time tickets will be sold and the aggregate value of prizes to be awarded. The application fees differ for each raffle permit type. Examples of raffles are cash prizes, duck race, cow chip, frog race, golf ball drop, etc. If total prizes exceed $7,500, the Town shall investigate the qualifications of the organization and verify the facts on the application.
(b) 
After each raffle has been permitted and completed, a verified statement, to include gross receipts, expenses, net profit and prizes awarded, is to be filed with the office of the First Selectman of the Town of Durham by the organization at the end of the next succeeding month. There is no payment to the Town in conjunction with the verified statement.
The First Selectman shall have the authority to investigate potential violations of this article and the applicable state statutes and, in his or her discretion, to protect the public welfare, may immediately suspend or revoke any permit issued under this section and to order that the person holding such permit cease and desist from the actions constituting any such violation. Any person aggrieved by such order shall have the right to appeal such decision as provided by state statute. In the event the First Selectman revokes a permit issued pursuant to this section, no bazaar or raffle permit shall be issued to such permittee for a period of one year after the date of such revocation.
Failure of any organization to file the required permit application or verified statement shall be in violation of this article. Any organization violating any provision of this article shall be fined not less than $200 nor more than $1,000.
[Adopted 7-9-2018]
Bingo shall be legal in the Town of Durham in accordance with the Connecticut State Statutes governing such games, including, without limitation, C.G.S. § 7-169 et seq., as the same may be amended from time to time. In accordance with Public Act 17-231,[1] effective January 1, 2018, the Town will be responsible for the permitting and enforcement of all bingo games. In addition, the Town will be responsible for receiving and monitoring the post-event reporting by the organization.
[1]
Editor’s Note: See C.G.S. §7-169.
(a) 
Bingo registrations may be issued to qualifying nonprofit organizations by the First Selectman. Registration forms are available on the Town's website or at the First Selectman's office. The registration form, proof of nonprofit status and fees shall be submitted to the office of the First Selectman. Qualified entities may apply for any of the following bingo permits:
(1) 
Weekly: annual permit.
(2) 
Monthly: annual permit.
(3) 
Temporary single event: only allowed two per year.
(4) 
Senior organizations consisting of members 60 years and older: permit for each event.
(5) 
Parent-teacher organizations: annual permit.
(b) 
Individual operators are required to submit a PIN operator registration form with the First Selectman's Office prior to operating a bingo game. All PIN operator registrations previously approved by the state of Connecticut remain in effect. Individual operators must provide state documentation to the office of the First Selectman for recording.
(a) 
Bingo registration forms shall be accompanied with the fee as outlined in the table below:
Registration Class
Permit Fee
Class A
$75
Class B
$10 per day
Class C
$50
(b) 
Payment shall be made payable to "Town of Durham" and submitted with the registration forms to the office of the First Selectman.
(a) 
For Class A and Class C permits, a financial return shall be filed with the Town by the organization at the end of each quarter. Financial returns are due by the last day of the month following the close of the quarter (i.e. April 30, July 31, October 31, January 31). Financial returns must include payment of the 5% of the net profit for each bingo event. Payment shall be made payable to the "Town of Durham." Financial returns must be submitted to the Finance office on or before the due date.
(b) 
For Class B permits, a financial return shall be filed with the Town by the organization at the completion of the bingo event. The financial return must be submitted within 10 days, provide the pertinent event information, including the gross receipts, prizes awarded and net profit. Financial returns must include payment of 5% of the net profit for the bingo event. Payment shall be made payable to the "Town of Durham." Financial returns must be submitted to the Finance office on or before the due date.
The First Selectman shall have the authority to investigate potential violations of this article and the applicable state statutes and, in his or her discretion, to protect the public welfare, may immediately suspend or revoke any permit issued under this section and to order that the person holding such permit cease and desist from the actions constituting any such violation. Any person aggrieved by such order shall have the right to appeal such decision as provided by state statute. In the event the First Selectman revokes a permit issued pursuant to this section, no bingo permit shall be issued to such permittee for a period of one year after the date of such revocation.
Failure of any organization to file the required permit application, PIN registration or financial return shall be in violation of this article. Any organization violating any provision of this article shall be fined not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 and revocation of permit or PIN.