Apply for a Lottery Licence
You may need to apply to Belfast City Council for a Lottery Licence if you want to raise funds by selling ballot or raffle tickets to the general public.
Law governing lotteries in Northern Ireland
The law governing lotteries in Northern Ireland is the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (NI) Order. The legislation requires organisations to register with the local authority where they have their office or registered address.
A lottery is a draw where prizes are won by participants who buy tickets at fixed prices and
winners are selected by chance. Some small scale lottery schemes are exempt from registration and you should check the relevant legislation for further information.
Lottery Licence application procedure
Two application forms must be completed and submitted to apply for a Lottery Licence.
Form one – Registration application form
A £35, non-refundable fee, covering all lotteries for the calendar year in which your application is made must be paid at the time of application.
A copy of your registration application form must also be submitted to the PSNI Licensing Officer at Musgrave Street Station, Belfast.
Please also refer to the ‘Notes to applicants’ at the end of the application form for details of accompany information that is needed to process your application.
Form two – Scheme form
When you finalise the details of your lottery scheme you must also submit a Lottery Scheme Form. If convenient, this can be submitted at the same time as the Lottery Licence Registration Application.
Renewing your Lottery Licence
Lottery licences expire on 31 December each year.
To ensure that your lottery licence remains valid you must complete and return a Renewal of Registration Form, allowing a minimum of two weeks for processing.
A non-refundable renewal fee of £17.50 must be made at the time of application.
Returning your forms and payment
All forms and associated fees relating to lottery licence applications should be returned to:
NI Lottery Scheme
Finance and Resources Department
6th Floor Adelaide
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Card payments can be made by calling us on 028 9032 0202, ext. 6100 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.