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Lottery licence

  • Introduction

    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.

    Coronavirus update

    Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19 that there will be a delay in processing all forms and payment returned by post.

    Please note that we are currently unable to accept payment by telephone. You can email nilotteryscheme@belfastcity.gov.uk with any queries you may have.

  • 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.

  • How to apply

    Two application forms must be completed and submitted to apply for a Lottery Licence. You can request the application and scheme form from nilotteryscheme@belfastcity.gov.uk

    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.

    You can request the renewal form from nilotteryscheme@belfastcity.gov.uk

  • Returning your forms and payment

    Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19 that there will be a delay in processing all forms and payment returned by post to the details below. You can email nilotteryscheme@belfastcity.gov.uk with any queries you may have.

    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
    Belfast
    BT2 8BP

    We are currently unable to accept payment by telephone.

Contact us

For more information and advice, get in touch.

NILotteryScheme@belfastcity.gov.uk

028 9032 0202

NI Lottery Scheme, Finance and Resources Department, 6th Floor Adelaide, Cecil Ward Building, 4-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BP

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