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Apply for a lottery licence

Societies, clubs and charities often raise funds by selling lottery tickets to the general public. Where tickets are sold in advance of the draw (for example in the days prior to the event) then they will need to have a non-commercial (small society) lottery registration. You do not need a registration where tickets are sold only at the event to attendees, for example a tombola.

This registration has to be taken out with the Local Authority in whose area the society, etc. is based, or where their Head Office is based.

To register as a non-commercial (small society) lottery you must complete form 1) Non-commercial (small society) lottery - new - application form and submit it with the registration fee of £40. Payment can be made using our online payment system; by telephone; or by cheque. We will process the application and issue a registration certificate.


Please use guidance document 4 - Non-commercial (small society) Lottery Guidance - Gambling Act 2005 for help in understanding and organising a non-commercial (small society) lottery.

Return by promoter

After a lottery, the promoter will need to complete and return to us form 2) Non-commercial (small society) lottery - return by promoter - form

Renewal of Non-commercial (small society) lottery

We no longer require an application form to renew your non-commercial (small society) lottery. However, we require the annual renewal fee of £20 prior to the renewal date or a new application will be required which costs £40. When sending your annual renewal fee, please provide us with your society lottery name and number by sending an email to so we can link the payment to your account.

Change of promoter details

If you wish to change the name or address of the promotor of your non-commercial (small society) lottery or the correspondence address we use to correspond with you, please send us a completed form 3) Non-commercial (small society) lottery - change of promoter details


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Last updated 2 November 2021
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