How to register for a Small Society Lottery Licence

If you are running any small-scale gambling-related fundraising activities such as a lottery or raffle, you may be wondering about licensing.

The good news is that you don't need to get a licence from the Gambling Commission unless the total value of tickets for sale for a single lottery exceeds £20,000, or the annual value of tickets for all lotteries per year exceeds £250,000.

Lotteries and raffles below those thresholds are known as Small Society Lotteries. Small Society Lotteries do not require a Gambling Commission licence, but must be registered with the local authority in the area where the principal office of the society is located.

Applying for your Small Society Lottery Licence

Use our handy Local Authority Checker Tool to start the process of getting registered in your local authority area. An initial registration fee of £40 is required. The registration will last for 12 months, with an annual renewal fee of £20.

Find your local authority

Enter your postcode below to search for your Local Authority and discover how to register your lottery with them.

Thinking about starting a lottery?

Apply to start a lottery today and start raising money for your school with no start-up costs. With just 50 tickets per week, you can fundraise in excess of £1,000 every year!