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Information requirements from licensing authorities

Details on the information that we require from licensing authorities.

Small society lotteries

A small society lottery is a lottery which:

  • does not have proceeds that exceed £20,000 for a single draw
  • does not have aggregate proceeds from lotteries in excess of £250,000 in any one year
  • does not require a Gambling Commission licence.

Small society lotteries are registered by the licensing authority in the area where the principal office of the society is located.

When a licensing authority registers a society lottery, they must tell us about the registration. They must also tell us if a registration is cancelled (either at the request of the registered society or due to non-payment of an annual fee).

If during the registration process or after the registration, the licensing authority thinks that the proposed lottery is a large lottery, they must refer the matter to us.

To help us maintain accurate records, we find it useful if licensing authorities also inform us if they revoke a registration.

Notifications of small society lottery registration, cancellations, referrals and revocations must be sent, by email, to

Notifications should be sent to us within a month of the decision date.

Email notifications must include the following information:

  • a copy of the statement provided by the society promoter (as specified in the Gambling Act 2005, Schedule 11, Part 4 (opens in a new tab)
  • type of notice (registration, cancellation, referral, revocation)
  • date of the registration, cancellation, referral, revocation
  • reason(s) for the cancellation/referral/revocation (if appropriate).
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