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.

Publication of the Council's Gambling Act 2005 'Statement of Principles'

On the 4th December 2018 the Council of Mole Valley District Council adopted a revised 'Statement of Principles' relating to the Gambling Act 2005.

This Statement will be published on the 22nd January 2019, and will come into effect on 19th February 2019.   The published Statement of Principles can be viewed in the 'downloads' section below and and at the offices based in Pippbrook, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ, between the hours of 9.00am and 4.30pm.

The 'Statement of Principles' will have effect for three years but the Licensing Authority may review and alter the policy in that period.

If any further information is required relating to the 'Statement of Principles' please contact the licensing section at Pippbrook: Telephone: 01306 879351 or 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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