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Lottery Licence

Licence summary

In essence a lottery is an arrangement which satisfies the statutory description of either a simple lottery or a complex lottery, as per section 14 of the Gambling Act 2005 (“the Act”).

More information on what is a lottery? (20K)

Eligibility Criteria We can refuse an application for any of the following reasons:
  • an operating licence held by the applicant for registration has been revoked or an application for an operating licence made by the applicant for registration has been refused, within the past 5 years.
  • the society in question cannot be deemed non-commercial.
  • a person who will or may be connected with the promotion of the lottery has been convicted of a relevant offence.
  • information provided in or with the application for registration is found to be false or misleading.

We may, however, only refuse an application for registration after the society has had the opportunity to make representations against the refusal. These can be taken at a formal hearing or taken via correspondence. We will inform the society of the reasons why we are minded to refuse registration and will provide it with at least an outline of the evidence on which we have reached that preliminary conclusion – in order to enable it to make any representations it sees fit

Regulation Summary

What is a lottery? (20K)

Regulations on tickets (15K)

Regulations on prizes (17K)

Application Evaluation Process

The application will be refused if in the period of five years ending with the date of the application:

(a)       an operating licence held by the society has been revoked under section 119(1) of the Gambling Act 2005, or
(b)       an application for an operating licence made by the society has been refused.

The application may be refused if Wyre Forest District Council believe that:

(a)       the society is not a non-commercial society,
(b)       a person who will or may be connected with the promotion of the lottery has been convicted of a relevant offence, or
(c)        information provided in or with the application is false or misleading.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Apply online

View current Licensing and Registration Fees. Registration fee must be paid within the period of two months which ends immediately before each anniversary of the registration.

Apply to register with a local authority

Renew Online

Pay to renew your Lottery Licence
Failed Application Redress

The applicant or society may decide to make an appeal against the decision. They must lodge an appeal within 21 days of receipt of the notice of the decision, and this must be made directly to the local magistrates’ court.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Advice Guide from Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

Anyone suffering nuisance due to noise, smells or similar because of a commercial premises should contact us

Trade Associations

Gambling commission

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