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Small Society Lottery Registration

Anyone who intends to sell printed raffle tickets in advance of the date on which the draw will take place will require registration as a small society lottery under the Gambling Act 2005.
This page tells you more about small society lotteries, how to apply and provides some useful links.

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
  • for the purpose of enabling participation in, or supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity or
  • for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain

Societies who run small society lotteries, that is to say lotteries which are not large lotteries (essentially those in which £20,000 (or less) worth of tickets are put on sale and where the society's aggregate proceeds from lotteries do not exceed £250,000 a year) may operate without a Gambling Commission licence provided they register with Birmingham City Council.

There is an initial fee of £40 to register and an annual fee of £20. The annual fee must be paid within the period of two months which ends immediately before each anniversary of the registration.

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How to Apply

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