It is illegal to hold a street collection to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes without obtaining a street collection permit from us, if that collection is to be held in a street or public place. This also includes collecting in other public areas, such as shop doorways and car parks.
You could be fined £200 if you collect money for charity without a Permit.
The Council has adopted regulations in respect of Street Collections. These can be viewed and downloaded here [PDF 252 KB]
We do take into account the number of other street collections taking place on the same day and in the same location, so that the area is not saturated with charity collections all being held at the same time. Generally, we would only issue one permit per town/village on one day.
At present, we allocate dates on a first-come-first-served basis so we do need you to provide alternative dates in your application as we may not be able to accommodate your first choice.
How to apply
Applications for Permits should be made no later than a month (and no earlier than a year) before the date of the planned collection.
All applications must be accompanied by a letter from the charity you are planning to collect for; this must authorise the applicant collector to carry out the collection on behalf of the charity.
You can apply for a street collection permit online via the Gov.UK portal.
if you prefer,you can also download an application form below:
[WORD 48 KB] Microsoft WORD version.
[PDF 323 KB] PDF version.
Please email your completed application form with a letter of authorisation and a Covid risk assessment to firstname.lastname@example.org
After your collection has taken place
Once your collection has taken place, you will need to send us a return showing how much money you collected, and how much you spent organising the collection (such as on advertising, printing, promotional materials etc).
You are legally required to submit the return form within one month of the date of the collection; failure to do so may be taken into account when any future applications for permits from are being considered.
Introduction of House-to-House and Street Collections Policy
Street collections are governed by the Police, Factories, etc (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916. This Act allows the Council to make regulations with respect to the places where collections may be permitted and the conditions under which they can be issued.
House-to-House collections are regulated by the House to House Collections Act 1939. This Act requires the promoter to obtain a licence from the Council before a collection can be carried out. The Council must grant a licence on application unless one of the grounds set out in the Act for refusing the licence apply.
Find more information on how to apply for a House-to-House Licence.
The Council does not have powers to charge for the issue of either a Street Collection permit or House-to-House Collection licence, so the cost of administering the scheme cannot be recovered from application fees.
Earlier in the year the Council carried out a consultation exercise on a Policy to assist in determining House-to-House and Street Collection applications. The comments received were reported to the meeting of the Licensing and Appeals Committee held on 27th April 2021, for consideration. A final draft Policy document was approved by full Council on 30th June 2021. The Policy document will be reviewed after 3 years.
The approved Policy can be viewed here [PDF 435KB] [PDF 435KB]
The Reports and Minutes of the Licensing and Appeals Committee (20/4/2021) and the full Council (1/7/2021) meetings can be viewed on the Council's website page