Small lottery registration

Society lotteries are lotteries established for the benefit of a non-commercial society. A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted:

  • For charitable purposes
  • To enable participation in, or to support, sports, athletic or cultural activities; or
  • For any other non-commercial purpose other than private gain.

A small society lottery:

  • does not have proceeds that exceed £20,000 for a single draw
  • does not have aggregated proceeds in excess of £250,000 in a calendar year.

Small society lotteries do not require a licence but must be registered with the local authority in the area where the principal office of the society is located.

Societies will be subject to an annual fee which will become payable on the anniversary of the grant of the original licence. Local authorities will be given powers to cancel registrations where an annual fee is not paid.

You must complete and submit a return form no later than three months beginning on the day on which the draw (or last draw) in the lottery took place.

How much does it cost?

For further information on costs please see our licensing fees page.

Application forms

Please download the relevant application form(s), and return by email to or by post to Licensing Team, East Staffordshire Borough Council, Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton upon Trent, DE14 2EB