Small society lotteries

Society lotteries are lotteries promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society.  A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted for charitable purposes.

It enables participation in, or supporting of, sport, athletics and cultural activities and for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.

How to apply

The total value of tickets for sale for single lottery cannot exceed £20,000. The annual value of tickets for all lotteries per calendar year must not exceed £250,000.

If you plan to exceed either of these values, you must be licensed with the Gambling Commission.

You must register your society lottery with the council in the area where your principal office is located.  Download and complete the forms below and return to the Licensing Unit with the appropriate fee.


Registration fee

You must pay a £40 registration fee with your application. You must pay this online, make a note of the payment receipt number and include it with your application form.

Pay application fee

Annual fee

To maintain registration, you will need to pay an annual fee of £20.

Pay annual fee

For more information about lotteries, visit the Gambling Commission website.