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. 



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


Note to societies applying for registration:

The application will be refused if in the period of five years ending with the date of the application:

  1. an operating licence held by the society has been revoked under section 119(1) of the Gambling Act 2005, or
  2. an application for an operating licence made by the society has been refused.

The application may be refused if the local authority think that:

  1. the society is not a commercial society,
  2. a person who will or may be connected with the promotion of the lottery has been convicted of a relevant offence, or
  3. information provided in or with the application is false or misleading


How to apply

In order to run a lottery, you must apply for registration.

Please note that fees will apply.

Read our guidance notes before you apply

Our policy [532KB] will give you more information, or please contact your local office.

Please visit the Gambling Commission website to see their guidance to Local Authorities.

Apply for Small Lottery Licence here Small Lottery Licence Application


Once an application for Registration is approved, an Annual Fee of £20 must be paid within the period of two months which ends immediately before each anniversary of the registration





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