The Gambling Act 2005 authorises the conduct of small lotteries by societies to raise money for charitable, sporting and other similar causes, otherwise than for private gain.
Small society lotteries do not require a licence but must be registered with the local authority in the area where the principal office of the society is located.
The total value of tickets for sale for a single lottery cannot exceed £20,000. The annual value of tickets for all lotteries per year must not exceed £250,000. If you plan to exceed either of these values, you must be licensed with the Gambling Commission.
Making an application
A registration fee of £40 is required with your application. The registration will last for 12 months and to maintain registration you will need to pay an annual fee of £20.
You can download an application form from Associated documents below. Completed application forms must be submitted with the fee to the relevant authority:
West Berkshire: Licensing, Council Offices, Market St, Newbury, RG14 5LD or scanned and emailed to Licensing@westberks.gov.uk
Wokingham Borough: Licensing Team, Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1WW or scanned and emailed to Licensing@wokingham.gov.uk
Bracknell Forest: Licensing, Bracknell Forest Council, Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell RG12 1JD
Payments by cheque should be made payable to West Berkshire Council. You can also pay by debit card by phoning 0330 131 9742 and selecting option two.
You must submit a return to the relevant authority after each draw you hold. This must be done within three months of the draw date.