Games of Chance

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, City Hall is currently closed to the public. You can apply for or renew a license by mail. This page will be updated when City Hall reopens, or you can sign up for the Mayor’s email list to be notified via email.

Applications for Bell Jar, Bingo, and Raffle Licenses must include the following information regarding your public health safety plan during the COVID-19 emergency.

Please provide an explanation of how you intend to:

1. Control attendance so that it does not exceed 50 persons (including staff, performers, patrons) and/or 25% of maximum occupancy;

2. Ensure that people wear face masks and follow social distancing rules;

3. Provide and maintain hygiene stations;

4. Record contact information from all those in attendance in the event contact tracing later becomes necessary. (Do not submit this record to the City of Troy, but maintain in your own files in the event that the health department needs this information.)

You are responsible for conforming with the NYS Interim Guidance For Low-Risk Indoor Arts and Entertainment during the COVID-19 public health emergency. I have included a copy of these guidelines for your information.

Games of Chance (including Bell Jar, Bingo and Raffle)

Games of Chance are governed by Article 9-A of the New York State General Municipal Law (

Applications and information can be found on the NYS Gaming Commission website:

Contact information:

New York State Gaming Commission
PO Box 7500
Schenectady, New York 12301-7500
Main Office: (518) 388-3300
General Questions or Comments: [email protected]