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Do I need to register a raffle?

Draws or 'raffles' are generally exempt from any form of registration provided they are held as 'incidental' to a non-commercial event such as a village fete or a jumble sale.

A draw or raffle must not be held for private gain and there are a number of restrictions which you must comply with:

  • Raffle tickets must only be sold on the day of the event and the result must be announced while the event takes place;
  • No more than £500 may be deducted from the proceeds of the draw to cover the cost of prizes;
  • No more than £100 may be deducted from the proceeds of the draw to cover expenses such as the printing of tickets or hire of equipment.

If these criteria are met, there is no need to register the draw with the local authority.