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Do you run a raffle?

If so, you may need to register your society. Please see below or contact the licensing section for further information.

The Act defines a small society lottery with the definition breaking down into two distinct areas:

  • Society Status – the society in question must be ‘non-commercial’
  • Size of lottery – the total value of tickets to be put on sale per single lottery must be £20,000 or less. Or the aggregate value of tickets to be put on sale for all their lotteries in a calendar year must not exceed £250,000. If the operator plans to exceed either of these values they will be classed as a large lottery operator, and must be licensed with the Gambling Commission instead

The promoting society of a small society lottery must, throughout the period during which the lottery is promoted, be registered with a licensing authority. The licensing authority with which a small society lottery is required to register must be in the area where the principal office is located.

For more information on small society lotteries please refer to Gambling Commission website. There are however, that do not require a licence and the Gambling Commission has issued advice on lotteries that do not require a licence or registration.

To make an application to register your society please complete Small Society Lottery Registration application form. Once registered the society must complete a Lottery Returns and return it to the licensing section no later than three months after the date of the lottery draw, or in the case of instant lotteries (scratch cards) within three months of the last date on which the tickets were on sale.

Contact the Licensing Team:

Licensing Section, Abergavenny Youth and Community Centre, Old Hereford Road, Abergavenny, NP7 6EL

01873 735420