You need a lottery licence for a small society lottery, which is a lottery or raffle promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society.

When a lottery licence is needed

A lottery is considered small when it is not a large lottery that has the following:

  • proceeds may exceed £20,000
  • aggregate proceeds during the calendar year exceed £250,000
  • it is promoted in the three calendar years after a large lottery.

How to apply

A lottery registration is for 12 months and costs £40.  Please apply using the attached form (PDF 162 KB) and send it to us with a cheque made payable to the "London Borough of Barnet".

How to maintain a licence

Your registration will continue provided you pay a yearly £20 annual fee. This payment must be made within the period of 2 months before the anniversary of the registration.

The society promoting the Small Society Lottery must also send the Licensing Team a statement (PDF 68 Kb) of the matters outlined below:

  • the arrangements for the lottery (including the dates on which tickets were available for sale or supply, the dates of any draw and the arrangements or prizes (including any rollover)
  • the proceeds of the lottery,
  • the amounts deducted by the promoters of the lottery in respect of the provision of prizes (including the provision of prizes in accordance with any rollover),
  • the amounts deducted by the promoters of the lottery in respect of other costs incurred on organising the lottery,
  • any amount applied to a purpose for which the promoting society is conducted, and
  • whether any expenses in connection with the lottery were defrayed otherwise than by deduction from proceeds, and, if they were, the amount of expenses and  the sources from which they were defrayed.

The statement must be sent to the local authority no later than three months after the day on which the draw (or the last draw) in the lottery took place.

How to run the lottery


At least 20% of the profits must go to the societies purposes and the maximum prize cannot exceed £25,000.


  • the price of the tickets shall always be the same
  • the Act requires that lottery tickets many only be sold by persons over the age of 16 to persons over the age of 16.

Where a person purchases a lottery ticket in a small society lottery he/she must receive a document/ticket which:

  • identifies the promoting society
  • states the price of the ticket
  • states the date of the draw (or each draw) in the lottery, or enables the date of the draw (or each draw) on the lottery to be determined
  • states the name and address of a member of the society who is designated, by persons acting on behalf of the society, as having responsibility within the society for the promotion of the lottery, or if there is one, the external lottery manager.

Incidental non-commercial lotteries

A raffle or lottery does not need a registration if it is an incidental non-commercial lottery.

It must be

  • incidental to a non-commercial event - such as a fete
  • the proceeds should not be used for private gain
  • tickets can only be sold during the event
  • the results must be made public at the event.

An example of this is a traditional raffle or a tombola at a village fete.

The promoters of the lottery may not deduct more than £100 from the proceeds in respect of the expenses incurred in organising the lottery.

No more than £500 can be spent on prizes (but other prizes may be donated to the lottery) and the lottery cannot involve a rollover of prizes from one lottery to another.


Re Ltd Licensing Services
8th Floor
2 Bristol Avenue

Tel: 020 8359 7443