Any non-commercial society that wishes to promote small lotteries, raffles, prize draws or similar, in order to raise funds for a purpose of the society, must be registered with us. 

You can apply by printing off an application and sending it to us through the post or bring it to our reception. The initial application fee is £40, and the annual fee due on the anniversary of the date of registration is £20. If you fail to pay your annual fee, we may cancel your registration, a notice will be sent to you formally in this instance. Payment can be made by card payment at our reception or over the phone directly with a member of our team. Please ensure you provide a telephone number on your application so a member of the team can call you for payment on receipt of your application. 

Further information about small society lotteries

Once we have received your application, we will ensure you comply with the requirements and your application will be sent to the Police for checks.

We will aim to process your application within 28 days of receipt. Once granted we will issue you with a registration certificate after the 28 day period.

If we refuse your application, you will be served a notice of this intention. Your application will then be determined by the Licensing Committee, where you will be invited to attend. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable time period please contact us.


To be classified as a 'small' lottery, each draw must meet the following requirements:

  • the proceeds from a single lottery must not exceed £20,000
  • the aggregate proceeds from lotteries promoted in a calendar year must not exceed £250,000
  • at least 20% of the proceeds of every lottery must be used for a purpose for which the promoting society is established and conducted

If a Society expects to exceed the above, they will be required to be registered with the Gambling Commission.

Filing of Returns

After promoting a lottery, the registered society must return details of that lottery to the local authority within three months of the date of the draw (or last draw). The details required include:

  • details of the arrangements for the lottery including the date(s) on which tickets were sold, the dates of any draw(s) and the arrangements for prizes (including any rollover), and any details of any donated prizes
  • the proceeds of the lottery
  • the amounts deducted in respect of the provision of prizes
  • the amounts deducted in respect of other costs incurred in organising the lottery
  • any amount applied to a purpose for which the promoting society is conducted
  • details of any expenses that were paid for other than by deduction from the proceeds

If you employ an external lottery manager (ELM), they must be licensed by the Gambling Commission.


The applicant or the Society has a right to appeal the Licensing Authority’s decision to a Magistrate’s Court within 21 days of the notice of decision.

Sheffield City Council is a part of the European network for delivering information relating to doing business in the European Economic Area. For full information on the EU Services Directive and Points of Single Contact for other member states, go to the European Commission website.

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01142734264 Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

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Staniforth Road Depot
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