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Fee Structure Simplification

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.

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

Important Dates

January 2018

Vote on the first and second rules packages
File fourth rules package

March 2018

Vote on third rules package
Vote on fourth rules package
File fifth rules package

May 2018

Vote on fifth rules package
New rules effective (packages 1 and 3)

July 2018

New rules effective (packages 2 and 4)
New fee structure implemented

Latest News

Class A Amusement Game Lessees No Longer Need to Apply for Licenses:

Those who lease amusement redemption games from an amusement game operator will no longer receive email reminders or paper renewals in the mail. Amusement Game Operators are now responsible for renewing the licenses for each location where their games are operated. As this change is implemented, lessees may have games operating in their locations for a few months without a license. This will not be considered a violation.

Fifth Rules Package Filed:

On March 15, 2018, the Commissioners voted to file the fifth rules package regarding fee schedule simplification.

Third and Fourth Rules Packages Approved:

On March 15, 2018, the Commissioners voted to approve the fourth and fifth rules packages regarding fee schedule simplification.

First and Second Rules Packages Approved:

On Jan. 11, 2018, the Commissioners voted to approve the first and second rules packages regarding fee schedule simplification.

Fourth Rules Package Filed:

On Jan. 11, 2018, the Commissioners voted to file the fourth rules package regarding fee schedule simplification.

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.

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