Raffle and Bazaar Permit

In accordance with Mass General Law c. 271, § 7A please visit the City Clerk's office to complete a Permit to Conduct Raffles and or Bazaars in the City of Melrose. Once your paperwork is submitted, it may take approximately 3 to 4 weeks to process. Please plan accordingly. Your permit, once issued, is valid for one year from the date of issuance.

Step 1

Before completing an application for a permit to hold a raffle or bazaar, please visit the Massachusetts Attorney General’s website to review the following information:

  • Guidance on Raffles
  • FAQs about Nonprofit Gaming Events
  • Advisory on Poker Tournaments
  • Laws and Regulations for Raffles and Other Gaming Activity

Step 2

Visit the City Clerk’s Office to obtain two (2) copies of the State required "green slip" entitled Notice of Issuance of Raffle and/or Bazaar License City or Town (this form is not available online) and three (3) Application for Permit to Conduct Raffles and Bazaars. Original signatures are required on all three applications as the documents are filed with the state. For your convenience, a copy of the M.G.L. Chapter 271: Section 7A is printed on the back side of the application. Complete the appropriate sections, sign the back of each copy and submit the application.

Step 3

Provide the three (3) original signed applications, the two (2) green slips, proof of your organization’s non-profit status, and a check made out to the City of Melrose for $50.00 to the City Clerk’s Office.  Once the required information has been submitted, your application will be reviewed and if all aspects are in order, a permit will be issued.  If you have any questions, please call the City Clerk’s office at 781-979-4115.

Annual Report | Chapter 271: Section 7A