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Charity collections

Street collections

You will need a street collection permit if you wish to make a charitable tin collection in the street, in a public or private place.

  • Call 01993 861530 to provisionally book a date
  • There is no fee
Apply for a street collection permit

Or download, complete and return the application form: 

  • The completed form must be returned at least one month prior to the date of collection.
  • We may, in granting the licence, limit the collection to certain parts of the street/place.
  • After the collection has taken place a financial return form must be returned to us within one month.
  • Licences are valid for one day.

After you have returned the application form, if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period, the licence is deemed granted. 

House to house collections

 You will need a licence to do a house-to-house collection of money or any other goods such as clothes on the doorstep of private homes and businesses.

  • Call 01993 861530 to provisionally book a date
  • There is no fee
Apply for a house-to-house collection licence

Or download, complete and return the application form: 

 View a summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

  • The completed form must be returned at least one month prior to the start date of the collection.
  • We may, in granting the licence, limit the collection to certain parts of the street/place/area.
  • Many of the large well-known charities hold a Home Office Exemption Certificate which means that no licence is required; however notice must be given to us as the licensing authority.
  • A licence will not be granted for a period of longer than 12 months.
  • We, as the licensing authority, may refuse a licence, or where granted, may revoke it in circumstances specified in The Act.
  • After the collection has taken place a financial return form must be returned to us within one month.

After you have returned the application form, if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period, the licence is deemed granted. 

Raffles (Small Society Lotteries)

All small society lotteries require registration under the Gambling Act 2005. This registration is needed when your organisation intends to sell printed raffle tickets in advance of the date on which the draw will take place. The Small Society Lottery registration is mainly for charitable purposes.

  • Call 01993 861530 to provisionally book a date and request an application form
  • Return your completed application form with the £40 fee
  • The registration lasts for a calendar year. After the initial registration if you pay an annual fee of £20 by the end of October the registration is renewed for another year.

View the Gambling Commission website to check that your organisation meets the regulations before you fill in the application form.

Once you have returned the application form, if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period, the licence has been granted.