If you intend to sell printed raffle tickets before the day of the prize draw, you must register as a ‘small society lottery’.


A small society lottery is a raffle held to raise funds for a non-commercial society. A society is non-commercial if it is run for:

  • charitable purposes
  • to enable participation in, or support, sport, athletics or cultural activities
  • any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain

Societies who run small society lotteries (where less than £20,000 worth of tickets are put on sale and the society's combined funds raised from lotteries do not exceed £250,000 a year) may operate without a Gambling Commission licence provided they register with their local authority.

For further information on small society lotteries please visit the Gambling Commissions Advice Page.

Go to Gambling Commission website

How to apply

Download the application form from the downloads section.


There is an initial fee of £40.00 to register and an annual fee of £20.00 per year.

Returning your application

Complete and return the form with the correct payment to the postal address below.

Lottery Returns

If your organization has obtained a Small Society Lottery from us you must complete and submit a Small Society Lottery Returns Form no later than three months beginning on the day on which the draw (or last draw) in the lottery took place.

Please see downloads section to access the Small Society Lottery Returns Form.

Once completed these can be returned to the address or email below.

Contact us

You can enquire at the Civic Centre reception desk from Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm and Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Please contact Licensing, providing as much information as you can to enable us to respond as quickly as possible.

Or write to:

City of Wolverhampton Council
Civic Centre
St Peters Square

Email: Licensing@wolverhampton.gov.uk