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Stratford-on-Avon District Council
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Small Society Lotteries

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

  • for charitable purposes
  • for the purpose of enabling participation in, or supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity or
  • for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain

Societies who run small society lotteries, that is to say lotteries which are not large lotteries (essentially those in which £20,000 (or less) worth of tickets are put on sale and where the society's aggregate proceeds from lotteries do not exceed £250,000 a year) may operate without a Gambling Commission licence provided they register with Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

The initial registration fee is £40 with an annual fee of £20 to maintain the registration. The annual fee must be paid within the period of two months which ends immediately before each anniversary of the registration.

For more information see our Small Society Lottery Guidance Notes.

Application form to register as a Small Society Lottery is available here or from the link on the right.

Registered Societies are required to complete a Returns Form which must be submitted within three months of a draw.

For further information please contact the Licensing Team on 01789 260211 or by email at licensing@stratford-dc.gov.uk or by fax on 01789 260860.