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