Issue Date:
Revised Date: 2023-09-01

Legal Cites

Object Type

Cash — Business Regulation

Origin Date

September 1, 1981 by H.B. 3, 67th Leg., 1st C.S.


Licenses are required to conduct legalized bingo games for charitable purposes (no fee), or to permit a commercial lessor to lease premises for bingo by an authorized organization for a specified time period. The fees for commercial licenses are set by the commission in an amount reasonable to defray administrative costs, but cannot be less than the minimum amounts listed below.

Commercial license to lease bingo premises (2001.158) fees are annual. Applicant may obtain a 2-year license by paying twice the annual fee.


  Annual Gross Receipts

  Fee Amount


$12,000 or less 



$12,001 - $20,000



$20,001 - $30,000



$30,001 - $40,000



$40,001 - $50,000



$50,001 - $60,000



$60,001 - $70,000



$70,001 - $80,000



$80,001 - $90,000



More than $90,000


A temporary license valid for 4 hours of 1 day may be obtained for $25. Each location must be separately licensed. License amendments may be obtained for a fee set by the commission. 

Late license renewal fees are: not later than the 14th date after expiration - annual fee plus late fee equal to 10% of annual fee; not later than 60th day after expiration - annual fee for each 14 day period; after 60th day must file for original license.

The commission may charge a fee for a bingo worker's application or renewal on the bingo worker registry.

Certain license fees may be refunded, minus the commission's administrative costs.

Administrative penalty, up to $1,000, may be charged for each violation (collected under Revenue Object 3770).

Due Date

Licenses renewable at least annually.

Collecting Agencies


Previously collected by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (458).

Amended by S.B. 741, 68th Leg., R.S.

Amended by H.B. 2260, 71st Leg., R.S., effective 1-1-90.

License fees for Classes E through J amended by H.B. 11, 72nd Leg., 1st C.S.; H.B. 2771, 73rd Leg., R.S.; H.B. 2086, 75th Leg., R.S.

Fees codified by H.B. 3155, 76th Leg., R.S.

H.B. 2519, 78th Leg., R.S. added 2-year license payment plus a $25 late fee.

H.B. 1474, 81st Leg., R.S. removed $25 late fee.

Amended by H.B. 2197, 83rd Leg., R.S. Changed license amendment fee from $10 to amount set by the commission. Authorizes the commission to collect a bingo worker application fee.

H.B. 2578 and H.B. 3849, 85th Leg., R.S. created GR Account 5175 - Bingo Administration. Bingo program revenue deposit changed from General Revenue Fund 0001 to the new GR Account.

Fees for license to conduct bingo (2001.104) were repealed by H.B. 2578, 85th Leg., R.S.

License fee refund added by S.B. 549, 85th Leg., R.S.

GR Account 5175 - Bingo Administration repealed by H.B. 914, 86th Leg., R.S. and deposit changed back to General Revenue Fund 0001.

USAS Values

Appropriation Year 24
Receipt Category 03 – Business Regulation
Receipt Type 10 – Business/Professional Fees
Object Group 30 – Revenues
USAS Status A