- Category: Food, alcohol and entertainment licensing
- Last Updated: 09 August 2016
If your organisation wishes to hold any type of 'draw' that will be open to the general public, you will need to apply to the Council for a Small Lotteries Licence.
- The Small Society Lotteries (Registration of Non-Commercial Societies) Regulations 2007
- Private Lotteries
- Work Lottery
- Residents' Lottery
- Purpose of Lottery
- Incidental "Non-Commercial" Lottery
If your organisation wishes to hold any type of 'draw' that will be open to the general public, you will need to apply to the Council for a Small Lotteries Licence. The cost for a licence is £40. If you wish to renew the licence in subsequent years, the cost is currently £20.00 per annum, due before the anniversary of the registration. These costs are set by the Government.
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 the 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 must inform the society and the other authority as soon as possible.
If you think it may not be worthwhile paying £40 for a licence, you can still raise funds but you need to 'restrict' your sale of tickets. This can be achieved by holding a 'Private', 'Work', or 'Residents' Lottery whereby the tickets are confined to members of a society, club, institution, etc, i.e. tickets are not sold to the general public at large.
The returns (Statements) from the lotteries are scrutinised and retained by the Council for public inspection.
A lottery is a private society lottery if:
- it is promoted only by authorised members of a society
- each person to whom a ticket is sold is either a member of the society or on premises wholly or mainly used for the administration of the society or the conduct of its affairs (society premises)
A lottery is a work lottery if:
- the promoters work on a single set or premises
- each person to whom a ticket is sold or supplied also works on the work premises.
A lottery is a residents' lottery if:
- the promoters live in a single set or premises
- each person to whom a ticket is sold or supplied also lives in the residential premises
A private society lottery may be promoted for any of the purposes for which the society is conducted.
A work or residents' lottery must be organised in such a way as to ensure that no profits are made.
You can also raise funds as part of an incidental "non-commercial" lottery.
This is a lottery that is not promoted for private gain and which is incidental to a non-commercial event such as a fete, dinner dance or sporting night and you are perfectly entitled to hold a 'draw' during this type of activity, but tickets must only be sold at the premises during the event and the result must be made public while the event takes place.
For further information or advice, please contact the Licensing Team on 01653 600666.