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Apply for a small society lotteries licence

If you wish to run a small lottery such as a raffle for a non-commercial society, you need to register it with us

Non-commercial society

Your society must be run:

  • for charitable purposes;
  • to help people take part in, or to support, sports or cultural activities; or,
  • for non-commercial purposes and not for private gain.

Some types of lottery are exempt from registration eg those held at charity fundraising events. For more information, consult the Icon for pdf Gambling Commission guidance [238.81KB].

Before you start

To qualify as small

Ticket sales for a single lottery must be worth no more than £20,000 and annual ticket sales must be worth no more than £250,000.

If your lottery exceeds either of these amounts, you'll need to apply for a licence from the Gambling Commission.

How much it costs

Small society lottery fees
ApplicationFee
Registration£40
Annual fee£20

How to register

You will need to

Log into your MyAccount (or create an account if you don't already have one) to complete the form. MyAccount is an easier and quicker way to interact with us and is available 24/7.

·         complete the application form

·         pay the appropriate fee.

What happens next?

We'll get in touch if we need any additional information, otherwise we'll aim to process your application in 10 working days and you'll receive the document at your registered address.

Annual return and fee

You must send us your annual returns form each year, stating the total value of the year's ticket sales and pay the annual fee.

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