Information about Street Collection Permits
It is illegal in this country to hold a Street Collection in a street or public place to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes without obtaining a Street Collection Permit from the Council. A 'public place' is a 'place where the public has access'.
If collectors do not have a permit, the public are advised not to give them money, as they have not been validated by the Council or vetted by the police.
Only Local Authorities issue Street Collection Permits under Section 5 of the Police, Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916, as amended by the Local Government Act 1972 and Schedule 29 of that Act.
Consents are restricted to enable charities to raise money without their collections clashing with those of other charities.
The purpose of the legal requirement to obtain consent is to ensure collectors are properly authorised and that money is collected in a secure way and the total proceeds collected are properly accounted for.
For more information about Street Collection permits, the Regulations or to discuss your application please contact the Licensing Office using the Contact Details box below.
People and organisations who have been authorised to collect money will be required to wear the permit, which specifies the name of the organisation they represent and the dates they have been licensed to collect upon.
An application form can be downloaded from the foot of this page, or can be requested from the Licensing Office using the Contact Details box below or apply online using the Service Request Form link in the Contact Details box below.
Please submit the following documents with your application:-
letter of authority to collect from the charity or organisation on whose behalf the collection is to be made
the latest audited accounts for the charity or organisation
any brochure, pamphlet, handbook or other publications of the organisation or charity describing its objects and activities
Failure to submit any of the above documents may result in a delay and possible refusal of your application
If you wish to make direct debit collections you will need to complete a Street Collection application and provide us with a copy of the organisations and charities latest audited accounts. The application will then be referred to the Licensing Sub-Committee.
Please contact the Licensing Section (contact details below) direct for further information.
There is no cost for the issuing of consent but there are rules to be followed which are attached to the Licence when it is granted and includes the following:-
Please notify the Licensing Office immediately.