House to House Collections

To carry out house-to-house collections for charitable purposes you need a licence from the local authority.

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Application Information:

  • Applications to be made no later than one month prior to the proposed month of collection (i.e. application must be received no later than 1st April for a collection in May).
  • We will endeavour to only issue one licence at any one time, with the exception of Home Office Exemptions, of which we have no control.  
  • Collection dates are issued on a ‘first come-first served’ basis
  • No promoter, collector or person who is otherwise connected with a collection, shall permit a person under the age of sixteen years to act as a collector.
  • A minimum of 75% of the proceeds of the goods collected must be donated to the good cause; OR where the value of the donation is less than 75% of the proceeds, the collection bag or collection leaflet must clearly and prominently state the percentage to be donated.  We must be provided with a copy of the leaflet/bag before approval can be given.  
  • Where the applicant cannot comply with either of the above they may request a hearing with the Council’s Licensing Committee who will determine whether the licence should be granted or refused.
  • Collectors must carry identification at all times whilst collecting, to prove authorisation.
  • Relevant application information will be published on the Council’s Website to inform the public of monthly collections.
  • The Chief Promoter is responsible for furnishing an account of the collection within one month of the expiry of the licence.
  • We will verify the accuracy of your accounts with the Charity.
  • Failure to submit accounts may affect any future applications made.