Gambling/Pari-Mutuel Racetrack License

Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission


The system of wagering on the results of horse or dog races is legal when conducted within the racetrack enclosure at a licensed horse-race or dog-race meeting. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission shall decide the number, location, and type of all racetracks licensed under this chapter. The Commission may authorize the licensee to simultaneously telecast within the racetrack enclosure, for the purpose of pari-mutuel wagering, a horse or dog race licensed by the racing authority of another state.

Code Citation IC 99D

Who Applies A qualifying organization, as defined in section 513(d)(2)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code, as defined in section 422.3, exempt from federal income taxation under section s 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or 501(c)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code or a nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of this state, may apply to the commission for a license to conduct horse or dog racing.

When To Apply Application must be filed with the administrator of the Racing and Gaming Commission at least 60 days before the first day of the horse race or dog race meeting which the organization proposes to conduct.

Initial Requirements Applicants shall specify the day or days when and the exact location where it proposes to conduct racing, and shall be in a form and contain information as the commission prescribes. The Commission shall not approve a license application if any part of the racetrack is to be constructed on prime farmland outside the city limits of an incorporated city. The Commission shall conduct a neighborhood impact study to determine the impact of granting a license on the quality of life in neighborhoods adjacent to the proposed racetrack facility. The applicant for the license shall reimburse the Commission for the costs incurred in making the study. A licensee licensed under section 99D.9 shall post a bond to the state of Iowa before the license is issued in a sum as the Commission shall fix.

Duration If the Commission is satisfied that its rules and sections 99D.8 through 99D.25 applicable to licensees have been or will be complied with, it may issue a license for a period of not more than three years.

Processing Time Minimum of Sixty days.

Fee Structure The licensee shall pay to the Commission a license fee of $200 for each racing day of each horse-race or dog-race meeting for which a license has been issued. In addition, a $1000 annual license fee must be paid.

Renewal Requirements Does not pertain.

Exam Does not pertain.

Additional Information None.

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Brian Ohorilko
1300 Des Moines Street
Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309