Charity fundraising is regulated by law. As a fundraiser, you will be held responsible and possibly fined if legal requirements are not followed when undertaking a fundraising event. When carrying out fundraising events the following points should be considered:

Raffles and Lotteries

  • Lottery tickets should not be sold to anyone under the age of 16 years
  • You must apply to your local registration authority to run a public lottery
  • Lottery tickets cannot be sold on the street
  • Raffles held at a social event do not need to be registered

Collecting Money

  • Money cannot be collected by anyone under the age of 16 years (18 years in London)
  • To collect on private property, such as shopping centres and pubs, you will need to obtain permission from the owners of the property
  • To collect in the street, you will need to contact your local authority to get guidance on permissions required
  • When asking for money for fundraising you should be considerate to the person and demonstrate appropriate behaviour


You are liable for taking out any insurance that may be required for you or your event.

First Aid

You will need to ensure that you have the necessary first aid if it is required for your event. St John Ambulance and the Red Cross may be able to provide first aiders for free.

Food and Alcohol

You can find out about the regulations around providing and serving food at an event at

If you have hired a venue for your event and wish to sell alcohol you will need to enquire if the venue has a license to sell alcohol. If the venue does not have its own license, you will be responsible for attaining a license by applying to your local authority.


If you are providing public entertainment and your venue does not have a public entertainment license then you will be responsible for attaining a license by applying to your local authority.