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Lottery registrations

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.

You must submit a return to us no later than 3 months beginning on the day on which the draw (or last draw) in the lottery took place.

PDF icon Lottery return form28.33 KB


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

How to apply

Please download the relevant application form.


The fee for a new lottery registration is £40.

An annual fee of £20 is required for the registration.

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 3 days of receiving it. Please contact us if you have not heard from us by the end of this period.


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

The law

The relevant legislation is the Gambling Act 2005.


Contact information

Licensing Team

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