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How to apply for a street collection licence

Fees and how to apply

It is unlawful to hold a street collection to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or similar purposes without obtaining a street collection licence from the council.


Although the council incurs costs for issuing a street collection licence, there is no charge for an application.

How to apply

All applications must be received one month prior to the date proposed for the collection. Provisional enquiries can be made by telephoning 01455 255946 or by contacting Licensing

Before applying, please refer to the guidance notes and licence conditions:

Apply online for a licence

Apply online for a street collection licence

Alternatively, we can send you an application form: Contact Licensing

Certificate of accounts

You will need to send back a completed accounts return form (PDF) within one month of the date of your collection to the address on the form.

Time period for council to normally approve the application

Two months

What happens if your application is not processed by this council within the normal approved time period (Tacit consent) 

It is in the public interest that to process the application, it may be required to consult other external agencies prior to making a decision. If you have not received confirmation that your licence application has been granted or rejected within two months of submission, you may not start your collection.

Allocation of days for collecting

In the interest of fairness to all charities, one charitable collection is allocated to each charitable organisation on a quarterly basis, whether for money or direct debit pledges. This is so that no one charity can monopolise charitable street collections in the borough.

There will be one charitable collection permitted per week up to December. In December, two charitable collections per week will be allowed during the Christmas period.

Complaints concerning the process

In the first instance, please contact Licensing

Any person who is refused a licence or objects to a condition attached to a licence may appeal to the local magistrates' court.

Any change in circumstances

If you wish to vary any licence condition or change premises or proprietor, a fresh application will be required.

Last updated: ‎26‎/‎04‎/‎2021‎ ‎16‎:‎20‎