The Gambling Act 2005 requires non-commercial societies to be registered with the relevant licensing authority if they wish to run small society lotteries.
Non-commercial societies with a principal office registered in the Glasgow City Council administrative boundary should register with the City of Glasgow Licensing Board.
A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted for:
Society lotteries are lotteries promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society.
A Small Lottery is defined as a lottery where:
If a lottery exceeds the restrictions set out above it becomes a large society lottery, which is regulated by the Gambling Commission and requires an operating licence.
Registration is subject to an initial registration fee of £40 and lasts for an unlimited period subject to payment of an annual fee of £20. Registration can be cancelled at any time. Fees are set by legislation and cannot be amended or waived by the Licensing Board.
To apply for a licence, return your completed application form with the appropriate fee to the Licensing Section.
If you plan to submit your application at our Service Desk, you must make an appointment using our online booking system.
Appointments are available Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays. Read more about Licensing Appointments.
Alternatively you can submit your application by post to the following address:City of Glasgow Licensing BoardCity ChambersGeorge SquareGlasgow G2 1DU
We recommend that you send the application by Recorded Delivery/Special Delivery to ensure that it is received.
Within three months of the lottery draw taking place, a society must submit a statutory return of the lottery to the Licensing Authority.
A non-commercial society does not require registration for an incidental non-commercial lottery. A lottery is exempt if it is incidental to a non-commercial event where no private gain is made and:
The Gambling Commission has published useful guidance on Fundraising with small society lotteries.