The initial statutory fee for application for registration by a small society and for continuation of registration is £40 and £20, respectively. Registration relates to a calendar year.
For registration with a Licensing Board the total value of tickets to be put on sale per single lottery must be £20,000 or less, or the aggregate value of tickets to be put on sale for all their lotteries in a calendar year must not exceed £250,000. If the values exceed either of these values then the Society may require to be licensed with the Gambling Commission instead.
To be eligible for registration the Society must be established and conducted:
Societies must be able to prove, both upon registration and throughout the currency of the registration, that they are a bona-fide non-commercial society and that the proceeds of any lottery are devoted to those purposes.
Since the purpose of Society Lotteries is to raise money for non-commercial causes, the Act requires that a minimum of 20% of the money raised by the lottery is channelled to the aims of the Society. A maximum of 80% of the proceeds may be deducted for expenses and prizes.
The Society must send returns to the Licence Board with which it is registered, following each lottery held stating:
must be sent to the Licensing Board no later than three months after the date of the lottery draw, or in the case of "instant lotteries" (scratch cards) within three months of the last date at which tickets were on sale; and must be signed (electronic signatures are acceptable if the return is sent electronically) by two members of the society, who must be aged 18 or over, are appointed for the purposes in writing by the society.