Gambling and lottery licences
As the council is a licensing authority, the Gambling Act 2005 requires us to prepare, consult on and publish a Statement of Gambling Policy, setting out how we will manage the licensing of local gambling premises.
We issue various permits, including permits for small society lotteries, notifications for gaming machines in pubs and clubs, betting shops and family entertainment centres.
In order to run a lottery, you must apply for registration.
Please visit the Gambling Commission website to see their guidance to Local Authorities.
A lottery is a kind of gambling which has 3 essential ingredients:
- You have to pay to enter the game
- There is always at least one prize
- Prizes are awarded purely by chance - there is no skill involved
Typical examples are raffles, sweepstakes or 100 clubs.
All tickets must be the same price and the price must be stated on the ticket.
Each ticket must bear the name of the society running the lottery.
At least 20% of the proceeds must go to fund raising. Costs can be claimed which would cover prizes and expenses up to 80% of sales.