Small society lottery

A small society lottery or raffle must be for non-commercial purposes and not for private gain.

  • The total value of tickets to be put on sale must not exceed £20,000 and/or,
  • The total value of tickets put on sale in a sole year for all lotteries must not exceed £250,000.

How much does it cost?

The application costs £40.

There is also an annual fee of £20 which must be paid within two months before the anniversary of your registration.

For example if the licence is granted on 1 June 2018, the annual fee would need to be paid between 1 April and 31 May 2019, and annually thereafter.

How do I apply?

We are the licensing authority for small society lotteries (see guidance notes).

To apply for a licence, simply download and complete the non-commercial lottery application form.

Submit your application to: Licensing, Gravesham Borough Council, Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1AU.

What happens next?

You must submit a Returns form to us by email or post no later than three months from the day on which the lottery or raffle took place.

To submit your form, or for any queries please email

For all other licensable lotteries you will need to apply through the Gambling Commission.