Small society lottery

Small society lotteries may operate without a Gambling Commission licence provided they register with Wirral Council.

Society lotteries are promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society. A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted for:

  • charitable purposes
  • enabling participation in sport or a cultural activity
  • any non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain

Full information on fundraising with small society lotteries


  • Initial registration fee - £40
  • Annual fee - £20

The annual fee must be paid within the period of two months which ends immediately before each anniversary of the registration.

Please email for information on how to pay your annual fee.


Please email all documents listed above to Your application will not be accepted unless all documents are received. Upon receipt of a satisfactory application a member of the Licensing Team will contact you by telephone for payment of the registration fee.

Lottery Returns

    A return form must be submitted, by email to, no later than three months beginning on the day in which the draw, or last draw, in the lottery takes place. It must be signed by two members of the society appointed for that purpose by the society, or its governing body if applicable, and accompanied by a copy of that appointment.

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    Report a concern about:

    • an application
    • an issued licence
    • an existing society lottery

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