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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.

Apply for a street collection permit

There is no fee.

View the street collection regulations.

  • 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 or 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.

If you intend to collect in the Woolgate Shopping Centre in Witney you will also need permission from the Centre manager, Rob Steere. Contact him by emailing robert@woolgateshopping.co.uk or calling 01993 778370. You will not be authorised to collect there unless you have permission.

This table shows which dates have already been booked for street collections.

Charity name

Date of collection

Location of collection

Marie Curie

6 March 2021

High street and Woolgate Witney

RNLI - Savings Lives In Water

29 May 2021

Witney

RNLI - Savings Lives In Water

26 June 2021

Chalbury

RNLI - Savings Lives In Water

16 July 2021

Carterton

The Royal British Legion

6 to 13 November 2021

All of West Oxfordshire

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.

Apply for a house-to-house collection licence

There is no fee

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.

This table shows the dates which have been booked for house to house collections.

Charity name

Date of collection

Location of collection

Recycle Proline LTD

05 October 2020 to 14 October 2021

All of West Oxfordshire

Childlife

2 November 2020 to 31 October 2021

All of West Oxfordshire

Clothes Aid

08 November 2020 to 31 October 2021

All of West Oxfordshire

Real Fundraising

23 October 2020 to 23 August 2021

All of West Oxfordshire

PDSA

8 November 2020 to 31 October 2021

All of West Oxfordshire

Eynsham Rotary 2020

11 December 2020 to 12 November 2021

Eynsham, Stanton Harcourt, Freeland and Hanborough

Skycycle

1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021

North of West Oxfordshire

Skyecycle

10 January 2021 to 10 July 2021

South of West Oxfordshire

Battersea Dog's and Cat's Home

15 February 2021

All of West Oxfordshire

National Deaf Children's Society

15 February 2021 to 31 December 2021

All of West Oxfordshire

Against Breast Cancer

1 January 2021 to 1 January 2022

All of West Oxfordshire

The Royal British Legion

30 October to 13 November 2021

All of West Oxfordshire

The Royal British Legion

29 October to 12 November 2022

All of West Oxfordshire

The Royal British Legion

28 October to 11 November 2023

All of West Oxfordshire

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 861000 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.