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If your organisation, club or society is running a small lottery or prize draw in the area and you are selling tickets in advance, you need to obtain a small society lottery registration from us.

WarningYou do not need a lottery registration if you plan to sell raffle tickets and hold a prize draw on the day of your event.

Before you apply

You need to read and understand the requirements on this page before you submit an application for a registration. We cannot proceed with your application unless you give us all the information we need.

This registration is for small organisations or clubs, such as sports clubs or a PTA holding a Christmas raffle. This does not apply to national lotteries or draws, or to lotteries which sell tickets to the general public.

You must run these lotteries in support of good causes such as charities, not for private or commercial profit.


A small society lottery must meet the following conditions:

  • The total value of tickets for sale in each lottery must not exceed £20,000
  • The total value of tickets for sale in each year must not exceed £250,000
  • The maximum prize for each lottery must not exceed £25,000
  • At least 20% of the proceeds of each lottery must be applied to a purpose for which the society is conducted
  • No person connected with the promotion of the lottery can have been convicted of a relevant offence under the Gambling Act 2005

You cannot sell lottery tickets to members of the general public on a street or in a public space.

Application details

You must provide the following details as part of your application:

  • the application fee
  • a signatories form signed by the lottery promoter and two other society or club members
  • a declaration that you have read and understood the relevant part of the Gambling Act 2005

Fees and prices

Select a topic below, to view the fees and charges for lottery registrations:

Small society lottery charges
Fee Price
Application fee £40
Annual fee £20

Licence duration

We will grant lottery registration for the lifetime of your society or club, unless we state otherwise.

You will need to pay an annual fee prior to the anniversary of the issue date of your registration to maintain it.

How to apply

We are currently developing an online application form. At the moment, you can complete a PDF application form and send this to us by emailing us at

Lottery returns form

You must also complete and send a return form to us that details the proceeds of each lottery. You must do this within 3 months of the draw.

Further information

Select a topic below to find out more about small society lottery registrations.

The application process

Once we receive your application, we will contact the Gambling Commission to advise them of your registration.

There is no consultation process for this application.

If we approve your registration, we will send you a confirmation notice, along with the terms and conditions you will need to follow when holding your lottery.

Processing time

We aim to determine applications within 28 days.

Tacit consent does not apply.  If you do not hear from us within 28 days, please email us at:


If you want to appeal a registration rejection, please contact your legal advisor or email us at:

Conditions and guidance

We will provide you with guidance on the legal requirements you need to follow when we approve your registration.

Revoking a permit

If you fail to pay the annual fee, we can cancel your registration.

Relevant legislation

Gambling Act 2005

We have made the information on these web pages as comprehensive as possible.  However, in attempting to simplify the law, certain requirements have been omitted. Full details of what you must do are in the relevant legislation.

Laws can and do change. We must advise that only the Courts can give an authoritative opinion on statute law.