Running tombolas and raffle at parish events

Author: Geoff Freeman

Published on: 7 June 2015

During the year many parishes raise funds by holding what is known legally as a lottery.

This is when you are pre-selling books of tickets for a draw to be made at a later date. Instant Tombola and raffles at parish events do not require a licence.

However if prizes are of an alcoholic nature they must not be given to under age persons.

If, as a PCC, you holding such an event do please check with your local authority to ensure that you are operating in a correct and legal way.

Small Society Lotteries which are run for charitable purposes are administered under the Lotteries Act 2005. Providing the event is for charitable purposes and is of a non-commercial purpose your local authority will grant you a license to run such an event.

In the first year you will need to register and provide information as to who will be the responsible officer (the promoter) and will need to provide proof of identity.

The charge for the first year is £40 with a further charge of £20 in any subsequent year. A group of parishes (a benefice) can apply for a license to cover all events across the benefice, so only one license is required.

Further information may be obtained from the Licensing Team at your local borough or county council or from Geoff Freeman at Diocesan House on 01603 880853.

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