Charity collection permits
If you want to collect money on the street or house to house for a charity you will need to apply for a permit. Permits are granted to registered charities and charitable organisations or groups.
A street collection permit is needed by anyone wishing to collect money in the street from a set position for charitable purposes.
House to house collections
You need a permit for:
- door to door charitable collections, either made with collecting tins or by returning to collect a previously posted envelope
- collecting money or clothing for charity door-to-door, including at shops and pubs
The regulations relating to these licences are
House to House Collections Act 1939 and Charities Act 1992.
There are standard conditions attached to all licences/permits, such as the age of collectors and the way collections should be conducted.
Collectors must wear an ID badge and be 16 or over to collect money or goods under a street collection or house to house collection permit.
We will make sure that:
- a collection will not inconvenience the public because of the day of the week, time or the frequency at which it is held
- the collection does not, as far as possible, take place on the same day as another authorised collection
When the collection is finished you must submit a return form showing how much was collected and any expenses.
I don't know my area
If you don't know which area your charity collection is in, select it on the map and the area will be displayed.