Charity collections licence

If you want to collect money, sell items on the street or collect house to house for charity, you might need collection licence.

Charitable street collections

You will require a Street Collection Permit to carry out a charitable street collection within the district. Application forms are available from us and you should return them with as much information as possible including  the latest accounts relating to your charity.

Please note that we only allow one collection per town at anytime during the year. Once you you have a collection date in mind your should contact us to check that date is available.

Application forms

Icon for pdf Street Collections Licence Application Form [29.28KB]

Street collections regulations

Icon for word Statement of Amount Collected Form [33.5KB]

Please allow at least 28 days for the application to be considered.

Street collections are a very popular way of raising monies for charitable and benevolent purposes. For this reason you can apply from 1 November for bookings in the following year.

Once the collection has taken place a statement of amount collected must be completed and returned to us within 28 days of the date of collection.
 

Charitable house to house collections

A collection, which is conducted from door to door, requires a House to House Collection Permit. Application forms are available from us and when returned should be accompanied by as much information as possible including the latest accounts relating to the benefiting charity.

Application forms

Icon for pdf House to House Collections Licence Application Form [66.22KB]

Icon for word Statement of Amount Collected Form [33.5KB]

Please allow at least 28 days for the request to be considered.

Once the collection has taken place a statement of amount collected must be completed and returned to the council within 28 days of the date of collection.

If your charity holds a Home Office Certificate of Exemption then you only need to notify us of the dates of collection.

Will tacit consent apply?

Tacit consent applies to Charity Collection Licences. In this case, we must process your application before it can be granted. Where tacit consent does apply, this means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period.
 

Collections on private property

To collect on private property e.g. supermarkets, shops, garden centres etc, you do not need a Street Collection Permit only the permission of the owner.