License Fees

SUMMARY

The staff at the Washington State Gambling Commission is working to make it easier and more convenient for organizations to apply for gambling licenses by creating a simpler and more flexible fee structure.

The current fee structure originated in the 1970’s when the first gambling activities were legalized in Washington State. The gambling industry has seen many changes since then, which has caused the fee schedule to become complex and cumbersome over the years. Today, the schedule includes 194 different fees and requires licensees to estimate gambling receipts for the upcoming year in order to determine which license to apply for. Estimating revenues often results in overpaid fees, which require refunds, or underpaid fees, which carry penalties.

To address the fee schedule, we formed a work group, comprised of representatives from across the industry. Over the past year, the group has met several times and provided input to staff, so that a new fee structure could be designed.

The redesigned fee structure will:

  • Reduce the number of fee categories.
  • Eliminate the need for organizations to estimate future gambling receipts in order to determine license classes.
  • Allow organizations to take in revenue before paying fees.
  • Provide the ability to calculate and pay fees online using My Account.
  • Allow organizations to make quarterly payments rather than annual or biennial payments.

The Commissioners will be discussing rules for the redesigned fee structure at their upcoming meetings. Staff will be on site to answer questions immediately prior to start of each meeting. 

Our goal is to implement the new fee structure on July 1, 2018. 

Your continuing feedback is important to us. To submit your comments, please send an email to feeworkgroup@wsgc.wa.gov or give us a call at 360-486-3588. To receive the most current updates, please  and follow us on social media.

LATEST NEWS

Third Rules Package Filed:
On Nov. 16, 2017, the Commissioners voted to file the third rules package regarding fee schedule simplification.

Second Rules Package Filed:
On Oct. 12, 2017, the Commissioners voted to file the second rules package regarding fee schedule simplification.

New Fee Calculator:
We've created a calculator to assist you in estimating your fees based on the proposed fee schedule.

First Rules Package Filed:
On Sept. 14, 2017, the Commissioners voted to file the first of four proposed rules packages regarding fee schedule simplification.

TIMELINE

September 2017:
Consultation with tribal leaders
File first rules package

October 2017:
File second rules package

November 2017:
File third rules package

January 2018:
Vote on first, second and third rules packages
File fourth rules package

March 2018:
Vote on fourth rules package

July 2018:
New fees implemented

FAQs

Coming soon! 

DOCUMENTS

Fee Calculator
Estimate your new fees based on the proposed fee schedule

Fee Simplification Presentation
September Commission Meeting

Rules Package #1
September Commission Meeting

Proposed Fee Schedule
September Commission Meeting

Rules Package #2
October Commission Meeting

Rules Package #1 Revisions
October Commission Meeting

Rules Package #2 Revisions
November Commission Meeting

WAC 230-07-090 Revised
November Commission Meeting

Rules Package #3
November Commission Meeting


PDF files require the
free Adobe Reader.

Page last updated 11/20/2017 09:43 AM
Washington State Gambling Commission

Copyright ©  Washington State Gambling Commission