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Small Society Lottery

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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
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How to Apply

All applications must be made by completing the attached application form, along with the Society’s terms and conditions or constitution signed by the appropriate officers.


Licence Fee 
Small Society Lottery Application Licence  £40
Annual Small Society Lotter Fee  £20



In order to qualify as a small society lottery, the following 2 criteria must be met by societies wishing to register:

Society status – the society in question must be ‘non-commercial’ which means it must be established and conducted for at least one of the following purposes:

  • for charitable purposes (as defined by Section 2 of the Charities Act), or
  • for the purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting sport, athletics or a  cultural activity, or
  • for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.

Legislation and Conditions

Gambling Act 2005

Processing and Timescales

No Set time scale, dependent on the Application

Appeal/Redress mechanisms

The Council may only refuse an application for registration after the society has had the opportunity to make representations. These can be taken at a formal hearing or taken via correspondence

Contact Details

  •  By email:

  • By Phone: 01492 576626
    Monday to Friday 10.00am to 12:30pm

  • By post:

    Licensing Section
    PO Box 1
    LL30 9GN

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