The Council registers non commercial local societies who wish to raise funds through raffles and tombolas for charitable purposes.
A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted:
- for charitable purposes
- for the purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity
- for any other purpose other than that of private gain.
A small society lottery:
- does not have proceeds that exceed £20,000 for a single draw
- does not have aggregate proceeds from lotteries in excess of £250,000 in any one year.
There are strict rules concerning raffles and prize draws which include:
- the information printed on the ticket
- how much money can be allocated to prizes and expenses
- who can buy and sell tickets
- how the tickets are sold
- filing returns with the Council
Tickets must state:
- the name of the society on whose behalf the lottery is being promoted
- the price of the ticket
- the name and address of the person responsible for the promotion of the lottery
- the date of the draw
Tickets may not be sold to any person in a street but can be sold in a kiosk or from door to door. The minimum age for participation is 16 years.
Lotteries, raffles and tombolas with alcohol as a prize are exempt from licensing provided the following conditions are met:
- The lottery is promoted as part of a bazaar, sale of work, fete, dinner, dance, sporting or athletic event or other entertainment of a similar character
- None of the financial proceeds (after the deduction of relevant expenses) are used for private gain
- None of the prizes are money prizes
- Tickets are sold or issued and the result of the draw is announced at the time of (and in the same place) as the entertainment
- The lottery is not the main reason to attend the event
- The alcohol is in a sealed container
More information is available in the lottery guidance notes which are available to download.
The following exempt lotteries do not need to apply for a small society lottery registration:
- Incidental lotteries - commonly held at charity fundraising events for example a raffle at a dinner dance
- Private society lotteries - only members of the society and those on society premises may participate
- Work lotteries - only people who work together on the same premises may participate
- Resident's lotteries - only people who live at the same premises may participate
- Customer Lotteries - only customers at the business premises may participate
How to register a small society lottery
Contact us for further information and application forms.
Registration Fees Are £40
How to Apply
Further information on returns can be found here.
Applications can be made by post to Licensing at Craven District Council or be submitted electronically to email@example.com