To carry out house-to-house collections of cash and/or goods for charitable purposes you need a permit from the local authority. Applications must be made at least one month before the proposed collection date. There is no fee for this permit.
Persons under the age of 16 are not permitted to act as collectors and it is the responsibility of the promoter of the collection to enforce this.
A summary of the eligibility for this licence from www.legislation.gov.uk
Application evaluation process
Applications must be made at least one month before the proposed collection date, to allow sufficient time for the applicant to order the necessary badges and certificates of authority from Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
How to apply
- Application for a house to house collections licence (pdf)
- House to house collections - advice note (pdf)
Failed application redress
Please contact the council in the first instance. You have the right to appeal to the Secretary of State. Appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the refusal.
Licence holder redress
Please contact the council in the first instance. You have the right to appeal to the Secretary of State. Appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the decision.
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