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Register a small society lottery

If you intend to sell printed raffle tickets before the day of the prize draw, you must register as a ‘small society lottery’.

Small society lotteries are lotteries held to raise funds for a non-commercial society. A society is non-commercial if it is run for:

  • charitable purposes
  • to enable participation in, or support, sport, athletics or cultural activities
  • any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain

Societies who run small society lotteries (where less than £20,000 worth of tickets are put on sale and the society's combined funds raised 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.

Apply by email

To apply by email, complete the downloadable application form with a scan of your signature and email it to After we’ve received your application, a licensing officer will contact you to take a debit or credit card payment for the appropriate fee


You must complete and submit a Small Society Lottery return form no later than three months beginning on the day on which the draw (or last draw) in the lottery took place.

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