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Public charities small lotteries

  • Small Lottery (New)                                       £ 40.00
  • Small Lottery (Renewal)                                £ 20.00

Pay for a small lotteries licence

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GDPR and Privacy Statements

The full Privacy Statement for Charitable Collections and Societies Lotteries can be viewed here

Public Charities Small Lotteries licence in more detail

Licence Summary

Small Societies (non commercial organisations) who operate Lotteries must be registered with the local Council (as the Licensing Authority). The total value of the tickets for each lottery must be no greater than £20,000 and in a full calendar year this value for all lottery tickets must be no more than £250,000. 

Other lotteries may be unlawful or require licensing by the Gambling Commission.

Eligibility Criteria

A society is a non-commercial organisation and established and conducted:

For charitable purposes;

For the purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity; and

For any other commercial purpose other than that of private gain.

The proceeds of the lottery must be devoted to one or other of the above aims.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application Evaluation Process

The application form for registration of a small society is prescribed by law. New applicants will need to present a copy of their ‘constitution’ and a declaration that they represent a bona-fide non-commercial society. Each application form must be accompanied by the required fee.

Applications may not be granted if:

The applicant has had an operating licence revoked or refused by the Gambling Commission within the previous five ears.

The society cannot be deemed non-commercial

A person connected with the promotion of the lottery has been convicted of a relevant offence.

Information provided by the applicant is found to be false or misleading.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you use the contact details below.  The target completion period for processing these applications is 10 working days.

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You can download application forms using the links on this page. Once signed, you can also return them electronically. 

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint you should contact the Licensing Authority or if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre

Other Redress


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