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Gambling and Lotteries

Information relating to gambling and local lotteries. If you plan to hold a raffle or society lottery, you will first need to obtain a permit from Mole Valley District Council (MVDC).

Gambling Act 2005

We are responsible for:

  • Licensing premises for gambling activities
  • Considering notices given for the temporary use of premises for gambling
  • Granting permits for gaming and gaming machines in clubs and miners' welfare institutes
  • Regulating gaming and gaming machines in alcohol licensed premises
  • Granting permits to family entertainment centres for the use of certain lower stake gaming machines
  • Granting permits for prize gaming
  • Registering small societies' lotteries (see 'Local Lotteries - Applying for a Permit')

The Council's 'Statement of Licensing Principles' explains our approach to considering, issuing and enforcing gambling licensing (see 'Downloads').

The Gambling Commission is responsible for issuing personal licences and operating licences.

Consultation on Review of Council's 'Statement of Principles'- 24 Sept to 29 Oct 2018

The Council's Statement of Principles sets out how it intends to exercise its functions under the Gambling Act 2005. The Gambling Act legislation requires each Licensing Authority to review their Policy every three years, with the current three year period requiring the Council publish a revised Statement of Principles by 3 January 2019.

As part of this review, we are consulting on the current policy and want to know if you think there are any changes or additions that should be included in the future policy. Are there any local issues associated with gambling premises which aren't already addressed within the policy that you feel should be included?

The documents to consider are available in the 'Downloads' section below. The 'Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles - Jan 2016' is the Gambling Policy which has been in place since 2016, and is for background information. The document to read and comment on if you wish is the 'Gambling Act 2005 DRAFT Statement of Principles - For Consultation'.

The consultation will run from Monday 24 September until Monday 29 October 2018. If you would like to have your say, email

Local Lotteries - Applying for a Permit

Should the raffle require tickets to be sold in advance of the event, please download and complete the 'Lotteries Application Form' (see 'Downloads') and send it together with the appropriate fee to: Licensing Administration, Mole Valley District Council, Pippbrook, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ.

A new registration will cost £40, with the annual renewal costing £20. This annual fee is due in the two months prior to the anniversary of your registration. MVDC may cancel your registration if the payment is not received by the anniversary of your first registration. If this is the case, you will then have to pay for a new registration.

You will need to complete an application form return for each lottery and send it to MVDC within three months of each draw. MVDC will need to know that at least 20% of the total proceeds raised have gone to the cause for which the society was created. The form must be signed by two members of the society who have been authorised to do so.

Terms and conditions

  • MVDC can inspect records for any lottery so it is advisable to keep records for all unsold and returned tickets for a year after the draw
  • there can be a rollover of prize funds as long as the total for any single prize does not exceed £25,000 or 10% of the proceeds of the lottery
  • tickets must be all of the same price, contain the name and address of a person who is responsible for the lottery and the date of the draw
  • tickets cannot be bought or sold by anyone who is under 16


MVDC is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers and, to this end, it may use the information you have provided in order to access this service for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. For more information, visit the Fraud and Corruption page.

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Tel: +44 (0)1306 885001 Fax: +44 (0)1306 876821, 2018.