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Small Society Lotteries

Societies that run small lotteries cannot have more than £20,000 worth of tickets on sale at any time and also must not exceed the £250,000 a year limit for ticket sales. If your society is to exceed the £250,000 a year limit, you will have to apply to the Gambling Commission for a licence.

All societies must be licensed in the area where their head office is situated.

Application Process

To apply for a small lotteries licence, you will need to download and complete the application form and return it to Licensing by email or post, along with the fee of £40. Fees are payable by credit/debit card or cheque. Cheques need to be made out to 'St Helens Council'.

Once your application form and payment have been received, the application will be processed and the licence will be sent out to you.

Renewal Process

You will usually be sent a renewal reminder around three months before your licence is due to expire. Along with the reminder you will also receive a renewal application form, which needs to be completed and returned to the Licensing team along with either a cheque for £20 or a telephone number if you wish to pay via credit/debit card over the phone.

If your licence is not renewed in time, you will have to re-apply as a new applicant.