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Non-remote society lottery operating licence

Society lotteries can only be run for good causes and cannot be run for private or commercial gain. Local authorities can promote a lottery to raise funds to spend on anything where they have power to incur expenditure.

This licence allows you to run a non-commercial society or local authority lottery that makes more than £20,000 in a single draw or £250,000 in a year.

Depending on the category of licence you apply for, this lets you run a lottery with proceeds of up to £4 million for a single draw and £10 million in a year. 

Ancillary remote operating licence

If you are applying for a non-remote society lottery operating licence, but want to accept payments for participation in a lottery online (or by other remote means) up to a maximum of £250,000 proceeds per annum, you can add an ancillary remote licence to your main licence. 

The ancillary remote licence is only suitable for the acceptance of payments by remote means. If you are conducting your lottery by wholly remote means, a full remote society lottery operating licence will be required. 

Ancillary remote application fee: £100
Ancillary remote annual fee: £50

Application fee non-remote society lottery operating licence 

 Annual proceeds
 

A

B

C

Up to £100,000

£100k - £500k

£500k+

Society lottery

£163

£244

£325

Annual fee non-remote society lottery operating licence

Your first annual fee is due 30 days after your licence is issued to you and every year on the anniversary of the day your licence was issued.

For the first year, unless you are applying for a remote licence, the annual fees below will be reduced by 25% (ancillary and linked licence annual fees are not subject to this reduction).   

If you apply for a combination of different operating licences, you will get a discount on your annual fee. 

 Annual proceeds
 

A

B

C

Up to £100,000

£100k - £500k

£500k+

Society lottery

£348

£692

£1,458

Also see

Promoting society and local authority lotteries

Sets out in detail how to run your lottery

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