Small Society Lotteries

Society lotteries are lotteries promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society.

A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted for charitable purposes.

It enables participation in, or supporting of, sport, athletics and cultural activities and for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.

Registration of a Lottery

The promoting society of a small society lottery must, throughout the period during which the lottery is promoted, be registered with a licensing authority.

The promoting society must register with the licensing authority in which their principal office is located. There is a fee of £40 to be paid when submitting an application to the local authority to be registered for a small lottery.

A renewal fee of £20 applies every year from the time it was registered. If the annual fee is not paid, registration lapses and a new application must be submitted.

Size of a Lottery

The total value of tickets to be put on sale per single lottery must be £20,000 or less, or the aggregate value of tickets to be put on sale for all their lotteries in a calendar year must not exceed £250,000. If the operator plans to exceed either of these values then they will be classed as a large lottery operator, and must be licensed with the Gambling Commission.

Every society registered with us must submit a returns form following each draw.

Application and Guidance Notes

Small Society Lottery application

Guidance Notes

Statement of Return

Proceeds from Small Lotteries Advice Note (advice from the Gambling Commission)

Small Lotteries Advice

Processing & timescales

We aim to process applications within 10 working days.

Once granted, a registration lasts for 12 months, the society will be invoiced annually for the renewal fee.


Please contact the Licensing team in the first instance.



Telephone: 01902 696804


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South Staffs Council

Wolverhampton Road, Codsall

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