What operating licence do I need?
The following types of licence apply to
running or promoting a lottery. Please read the details below to
see which licence you need:
If you want to run or manage a lottery over
the internet, or using other
remote means, you will need to
apply for the remote
versions of the above licence types. If you are a society lottery
you may qualify for the remote ancillary operating licence.
If you 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
you will need a society lottery operating licence from us.
Depending on the category of licence you apply
for, this licence lets you run a lottery with proceeds of up to
£4 million for a single draw, and £10
million in a year.
Promoting society and local authority lotteries - November 2009
sets out in detail how to run your lottery.
If you want to run your society or local
authority lottery by
remote communication, you
need to apply for a remote society lottery operating licence.
for an operating licence.
External Lottery Manager (ELM) operating
If you want to manage a lottery on behalf of a
society or local authority, you need to have an ELM lottery
If you are managing a lottery that is run by
remote communication, you need
to have a remote ELM lottery operating licence. Apply for an
If you are applying for a non-remote society
lottery operating licence, but want to accept payments for
participation in a lottery by means of remote communication, up to
a maximum of £250,000 proceeds per annum by remote means, you can
add an ancillary remote licence
to your main licence type.
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.
Page last reviewed: April 2012