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Small Society Lottery Registration

Under the Gambling Act 2005, groups running small society lotteries must be registered with the local authority where the society's principal office is located.


More than one lottery can be run during the year. However, no more than £20,000 worth of tickets can be put on sale for each lottery and the aggregate proceeds during the year must not exceed £250,000.

If either of these limits is likely to be exceeded, it is the responsibility of the society to apply to the Gambling Commission for a licence to operate a large society lottery.


Applying for a licence

Applications for Small Society Lottery registrations must be in the form prescribed by regulations and be accompanied by both the required registration fee and all necessary documents required to assess the application accordingly -

Registrations run for an unlimited period, unless the registration is cancelled, however an annual renewal form and fee of £20 is required to keep the registration active.

If you do not pay the annual fee, we may cancel your registration and a new application will have to be made.

If a licensing authority cancels the registration of a society, it is required by paragraph 53 of schedule 11 of the Act to notify the Gambling Commission.


Supplying returns

You will need to complete the pdf icon Small Society Lottery Returns form [39kb] after you have run a lottery. This must be no later than the end of the third month after the last date when tickets were on sale.