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Licensing Lotteries

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 Birmingham City Council. There is an initial fee of £40 to register and an annual fee of £20. The annual fee must be paid within the period of two months which ends immediately before each anniversary of the registration. Alternatively you can pay the application fee online. To do this once your application has been received by the Licensing Section, you will be sent a payment reference number in order to pay for your application online by credit/debit card. To go directly to the payment page go to the Licensing Online Payment Form.

Licensing Section,
Crystal Court,
Aston Cross Business Village,
50 Rocky Lane,
Aston,
Birmingham,
B6 5RQ
(Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am-4pm
Wednesday 10am-4pm, Friday 9am-3.30pm)

Telephone: 0121 303 9896
Fax: 0121 303 9982
E-mail: licensing@birmingham.gov.uk