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What is a Small Society Lottery?

The Gambling Act 2005 defines a small society lottery with the definition breaking down into two distinct areas:

Society status

The society in question must be 'non-commercial'.

Size of lottery

The total value of tickets to be put on sale per single lottery must be £20,000 or less, or the aggregate value of tickets to be put on sale for all their lotteries in a calendar year must not exceed £250,000. If the operator plans to exceed either of these values then they will be classed as a large lottery operator, and must be licensed with the Gambling Commission instead.

The promoting society of a small society lottery must, throughout the period during which the lottery is promoted, be registered with a licensing authority. The licensing authority with which a small society lottery is required to register must be in the area where their principal office is located. If a licensing authority believes that a society’s principal office is situated in another area, it should inform the society and the other authority as soon as possible.

How much does a licence cost?

Applicable fees

Type of application  Fee
Grant £40
Annual fee £20

How do I apply for a licence?

You can download application forms below.

Further enquiries

If you would like to make an enquiry about Small Society Lottery licences, contact the Environmental Health and Licensing team.

Environmental Health and Licensing

Daneshill House





01438 242908 / 242916