Fee Structure Simplification
We've made it easier and more convenient for organizations to apply for gambling licenses by creating a simpler and more flexible fee structure.
The old 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. The old fee structure had grown to include 194 different fees and required licensees to estimate gambling receipts for the upcoming year in order to determine which license to apply for. Estimating revenues often resulted in overpaid fees, which required refunds, or underpaid fees, which carried penalties.
The redesigned fee structure:
- Reduces the number of fee categories.
- Eliminates the need for organizations to estimate future gambling receipts in order to determine license classes.
- Allows organizations to take in revenue before paying fees.
- Provides the ability to calculate and pay fees online using My Account.
- Allows organizations to make quarterly payments rather than annual or biennial payments.
New Fee Schedules and Filing Requirements Are Now Effective
On July 1, the new fee schedules and filing requirements became effective. Under this new structure, all licensees must begin filing quarterly activity reports. The first quarterly report is due on July 30, 2018. After filing the initial report, quarterly activity reports (and applicable fees) will continue to be due 30 days after the end of each quarter, based on the following schedule:
|ACTIVITY PERIOD||REPORT DUE|
|July 1 - September 30||October 30|
|October 1 - December 31||January 30|
|January 1 - March 31||April 30|
|April 1 - June 30||July 30|
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.