Licensing - Charity street collections

Licence summary

To collect cash or sell items in the street for charitable purposes you need a permit from the local authority. There is no fee for this permit.

Eligibility Criteria

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.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

Application evaluation process

Applications must be made at least one month before the proposed collection date, to allow sufficient time for the Council to check that the collection is for a registered charity.

For collections at the Water Gardens or Harvey Centre or at supermarkets, please obtain a permission letter from the centre or store manager and enclose a copy with your application along with a copy of your public liability insurance and a letter from the organisation giving their permission for you to collect.

Will Tacit Consent Apply

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period

How to apply

The application form can be downloaded below and returned to the Licensing Team accompanied by the documentation requested under application evaluation process:

Failed application redress

Please contact the council in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact the council in the first instance.

Am I giving to fraudsters?

Essex Police give advice on how to make sure you are giving to a genuine charity

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, the Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre

Trade Associations

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