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.
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.