Lotteries licence

Details of licensing requirements for lotteries.

What's a lotteries licence?

A lotteries licence is for small society lotteries that are promoted on behalf of a society that's established and conducted for any of the following:

  • Charitable purposes
  • The purpose of enabling participation in, or supporting of, sport, athletics or a cultural activity
  • Any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain

Please note, it isn't permissible to establish a society whose sole purpose is to facilitate lotteries.

Eligibility criteria

  • At least 20% of the proceeds of the lottery must be applied to a purpose for which the society is conducted
  • Prizes must not exceed £25,000 (whether in money, money's worth, or partly the one and partly the other)
  • The arrangements for a small society lottery may include a rollover only if each other lottery which may be affected by the rollover is a small society lottery promoted by or on behalf of the same society


The registration fee is £40.

The annual retention fee is £20.

How to apply

Download a lotteries licence application form (PDF) [292KB] .

Please email complete applications to

What happens next?

Your application will be sent to the Chief Constable, Police Scotland and the Licensing Standards Officer. They've 10 days to notify the Licensing Board of any comments or objections. 

The Board may ask you to attend a hearing if there are objections or comments. If there's none, the application will probably be decided without a hearing.

If you don't hear from us about the outcome of your application within a reasonable period phone Customer Services on 0141 577 4684 or email

Last modified on 10 February 2021