Under the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 (the Order), it is unlawful for any society (ie club, institution, organisation or association of persons) to promote a public lottery, unless such a society is registered with the Council.
Tacit consent does not apply, except where registration has already been in place during the year.
Making an application
To register with Mid Ulster District Council, a society must:
Apply to Council for registration - specifying the purposes for which the society is established and conducted
Provide any other details which Council may require
Specify the address of its office or head office
Attach a copy of its lottery scheme showing how it proposes to run its lotteries
Copy the application to the local PSNI district commander in which the office or head office of the society is situated
Pay the appropriate fee of either £35.00 for initial registration of a society or a renewal fee of £17.50 payable each year thereafter on 1 January to maintain the registration.
To receive an application pack, please contact our Environmental Health service: email@example.com
Refusal of an application
The application will be refused if:
The application may also be refused if:
Anyone connected with a lottery promoted or proposed to be promoted on behalf of the society has been convicted of an offence involving lotteries, fraud or dishonesty; or
The address of the office or head office of the society is the same as that of the office or head office of another registered society established for the same or a connected purpose; or
Any lottery promoted by or on behalf of the society within the last 5 years has not been properly conducted
Where an application for registration is refused, the applicant has the right of appeal to the county court. This must be done within 21 days.
The Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA)
Legal advice on the law should be obtained from a professional legal advisor.
Further information on the lotteries law may be obtained from Social Policy Unit, Department of Social Development www.communities-ni.gov.uk/contacts/social-policy-division
The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) provides advice and information to voluntary and community groups on lottery law in Northern Ireland.
The Charity Advice Service
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
61 Duncairn Gardens
T: 028 9087 7777