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.
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.