Small society lotteries

Small society lotteries, also known as raffles, do not need a licence but must be registered with the local authority in the area where the main office of the society is located.

Email the licensing team to request an application form, guidance documents and returns form.

To register you will need to complete and return the application form with the registration fee:

Application fee: £40
Annual fee: £20

Payment must be made through the council's online payment system. You can pay for more than one licence in a single transaction. 

Society lotteries are promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society. A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted for:

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

A small society lottery does not have:

  • proceeds that exceed £20,000 for a single draw
  • aggregate proceeds from lotteries in excess of £250,000 in any one year.

If your society lottery has proceeds which exceed these amounts in a calendar year then you need to apply for a licence from the Gambling Commission.