A Small Society is defined as a non-commercial organisation which has been established and conducted for:
Remember, a Small Society must not be set up purely for the purpose of holding a lottery - it must have some other purpose.
If your lottery or raffle:
You will need to apply to the Gambling Commission for a Lottery Operating Licence.
For further information go to the Gambling Commission website.
You must register your small society with the Council in whose area your principal office is located.
To register with this Council you must complete the Small Society Lottery Registration form, see the downloads section, and return it to the Licensing Department at email@example.com with the appropriate fee
You can find the fees on our Gambling Licence Fee page.
Once granted there is an annual fee to maintain registration.
Please note we no longer accept cheque payments. To make a payment see our Payments page.
There are some lotteries which do not require permission.
Further information on these and Small Society Lotteries can be found in our Small Society Lottery Factsheet.