Licensing and Regulation
Any person making an appeal to the public on behalf of a charitable cause, by way of collection in a public space, to give money or other property, will require a permit from the council to do so. A charity is entitled to two collections per year, each collection lasting a maximum of one day.
It is not the policy of the council to permit more than one organisation to collect in the same area on the same date.
Collection dates can be provisionally booked by telephone, however these dates will only be reserved for 14 days. If an application form and relevant documents are not received within this time, the booking may be re-allocated to another organisation.
There is no fee payable, however the permit holder is required to publish an account of the proceeds at their own expense.
If you wish to apply for a permit, an application should be made to the council no later than one month before the collection is due to take place.
A summary of the regulation relating to this licence
Apply to run a charitable collection
Notify us of the result of a charitable collection
Street collections - application form (Word 58KB)
Street collections - guidance notes (PDF 20KB)
Street collections - regulations (PDF 48KB)
Street collections - professional fundraiser/commercial participator (PDF 40KB)
Telephone 01922 653050