Charity collections

Small society lottery licence

Society lotteries are set up for the benefit of a non-commercial society. A society is non-commercial if it works for:

  • charitable purposes
  • enabling participation in sport or a cultural activity (for example theatre)
  • any non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.

A small society lottery:

  • does not have proceeds over £20,000 for a single draw
  • does not have total proceeds over £250,000 in a calendar year.

Lotteries that exceed the small society lottery limit

If your society lottery has proceeds over the small society limits, you need to apply for a licence from the Gambling Commission.

Societies may employ an external lottery manager (ELM) to run all or part of their lottery. ELMs must get a licence from the Gambling Commission.

If you are organising a small society lottery it is your responsibility to make sure you comply with the law. If in doubt, you should seek legal advice.

Applying for a Small society lottery

You can apply for a Small society lottery by downloading our application form.

Apply for a Small society lottery

Once you have completed the application for, you need to send it to send it to our Licensing team along with the application fee of £40.00.

The licence will last for one year from the date we issue it.

If you want to keep your Small society lottery after a year, you need to pay the renewal fee of £20.00.

Once we have granted your licence, you must tell us about any draws that take place and the total amounts you raise.


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