Lotteries and Raffles
You can register a lottery or raffle with us if it's for sporting or charity purposes and the value of ticket sales won't be over £20,000.
Local councils are the registration authority for society lotteries promoted for the purpose of raising funds for sporting, charitable or benevolent purposes. A typical society lottery would be a local school parent-teacher association or a local amateur football club.
Lotteries not promoted by societies or where the value of tickets for sale in a lottery exceeds £20,000 have to register with the Gambling Commission and not their local council.
Licence application forms and notes
Application for lottery registration [PDF 59kb]
Explanatory notes for the guidance of local societies [PDF 29kb]
Return of expenses, proceeds and application of proceeds of lottery [PDF 37kb]
Application to hold a lottery or raffle [PDF 32kb]
Exempt lotteries do not require a licence from the Gambling Commission, although small society lotteries are required to register with their local authority. In addition to small society lotteries, exempt lotteries include:
- Incidental non-commercial lotteries - commonly held at charity fund raising events
- Private society lotteries - only members of the society and those on society premises can particiapte in the lottery
- Work lotteries - only people who work together on the same premises may participate
- Residents' lotteries - only people who live at the same premises may participate
- Customer lotteries - only customers at the business premises may participate
The Gambling Commission provide information on organising small lotteries
- Gambling Act 2005
Return your application form(s) to:
Health & Safety and Licensing
2nd Floor Bartholomew House
If you have any queries contact:
tel: 01273 294 429