Lotteries

How to register for a small society lottery registration.

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • Do I need a Small Society Lottery Licence?
  • Who can apply for a Small Society Lottery Licence?
  • How to apply for a Licence?

Do I need Small Society Lottery Licence? 

If you want to run a small society lottery you need to apply for a small lottery registration under the Gambling Act 2005. Your application form must be accompanied by the relevant fee and there is an annual renewal fee if you wish to continue your registration.  

The Act defines a society as non-commercial if it is established and conducted for: 

  • charitable purposes 
  • the purpose of enabling participation in, or in supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity; or 
  • any other non-commercial purpose than that of private gain. 

A lottery is considered small if: 

  • the proceeds from one lottery does not exceed £20,000; and 
  • the total income from all the lotteries your organisation run does not exceed £250,000 a year. 

If you plan to exceed these limits, you will need to apply for a different operating licence from the Gambling Commission

Who can apply for a Small Society Lottery Licence? 

To apply for a Small Society Lottery Licence you must: 

  • be 18 years or older; and 
  • meet the criteria for a “society”, e.g. an organisation that is non-commercial and established and conducted for: 
  • charitable purposes; 
  • the purpose of enabling participation in, or in supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity; or 
  • any other non-commercial purpose than that of private gain. 

How do I apply for the licence? 

Download the application form

Do I need to do anything after the licence has been granted? 

Yes, you will need to complete a Returns Form no later than the end of the third month after the date of the lottery. 

Is there any other guidance on running a Small Society Lottery? 

Yes, you can read the Lottery Licence additional information leaflet

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