Gambling Act 2005 requires small society lotteries to be registered with the local authority where the principal head office of the society is situated in order to operate lotteries/raffles.
Apply to register
To register for a non-commercial society, email: firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application form.
Exemptions from small society registration - Generally, where the tickets are sold and drawn on the same day as part of an event, you do not need a registration.
Non-commercial society lotteries or raffles
We also provide for the registration of small society lottery registrations.
For an application to be legally registered, the society must be established for a charitable and/or non-profit making purpose such as a charity or fund raising society.
The Gambling Act defines a society as such if it is established and conducted for the purpose of one or more of the following:
- for charitable purposes;
- for the purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity;
- for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain
The society must have been established for one of the permitted purposes listed above, and the proceeds of any lottery must be devoted to those purposes. It is not permissible to establish a society whose the sole purpose is to facilitate lotteries - it must have some other purpose.