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Lottery Licence

The Gambling Act 2005 controls the conduct of small lotteries, raffles etc., by societies raising money for charitable, sports and other similar purposes, otherwise than for personal gain.

Registering a Small Society Lottery

A society must not be established for the sole purpose of facilitating lotteries, it must have some other purpose.

A "society" is the society or any separate branch of such a society, on whose behalf a lottery is to be promoted.The society must be non-commercial and is defined as non-commercial if it is established and conducted:

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

The society must have been established for one of the above purposes and at least 20% of the proceeds of any lottery must go to a purpose for which the society is conducted, and no single prize may be worth more than £25000.

Small society lotteries are also subject to monetary limits:

  • The proceeds of an individual lottery must not exceed £20000, and
  • The aggregate proceeds of all society lotteries promoted by that society in a year must not exceed £250000.

If a society wishes to run lotteries which exceed these amounts they must register with the Gambling Commission and must promote all further lotteries (of whatever size) held in that or the three following calendar years under the Commission's Registration, and will not be able to change to a Local Authority Registration during that time.

Application for registration of a small society lottery must be made to the Council and a Registration Certificate issued unless:

  • the Society does not appear to be established for the purposes for which a registration may be granted.
  • the application will be refused if in the period of five years ending with the date of the application:
  • an operating licence held by the society has been revoked under section 119(1) of the Gambling Act 2005, or
  • an application for an operating licence made by the society has been refused.
  • the application may be refused if the local authority think that:

            - the society is not a non-commercial society,
            - a person who will or may be connected with the promotion of the lottery has been convicted of 
             a relevant offence, or
            - information provided in or with the application is false or misleading.

Further Information
Copies of the Gambling Act 2005 and other legislation mentioned here may be obtained from The Stationery Office. You may obtain application forms, return forms and further help or advice from details given below:

Contact Details:
Licensing Services
New Forest District Council
Appletree Court
Lyndhurst
SO43 7PA

Tel No: 023 8028 5505
E-mail: licensing@nfdc.gov.uk

adobe icon Small Lotteries Application Form [214kb]

adobe icon Advice notes for society and local authority lotteries which require a licence or registration [255kb]

adobe icon Advice on lotteries that do not require a licence or registration [238kb]

docs icon Lottery Blank Return Form v02 231017 [65kb]

Updated: 17 Nov 2017
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