Licence - lottery

Societies that run small society lotteries (sweepstakes, draws or raffles) must be registered by the local authority for the area where their principal office is located. Registrations run for an unlimited period, unless the registration is cancelled.

How to apply


The fee for a new lottery registration is £40.
An annual fee of £20 is required to renew the registration.


The society must be established and conducted for:

  • charitable purposes
  • the purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics, or a cultural activity
  • any other non commercial purpose other than that of private gain

What the law says

Gambling Act 2005

Application process

The form should be served on the licensing authority at least a month before the lottery is due to take place. A registration certificate will be sent to the applicant with instructions on how to notify the council of the monies raised after the lottery has taken place.

How long will it take to process my application?

We aim to process your application within three days of receiving it. Please contact us if you have not heard from us by the end of this period.

How to appeal

If the registration is refused, the applicant has a right of appeal to the magistrates' court within 21 days.

Complaints about lotteries

If you wish to complain about a lottery, please contact us on 01344 352000 or email so we can investigate the complaint.

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