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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 licensing@slough.gov.uk 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.