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Street collection permits

To collect money or sell items for charitable or other purposes on any footpath, highway or public place, you need to apply for a street collection permit. You do not need a permit if your collection will take place on private land.

Before you apply

Before you apply, read the Charities Act 1992.

How to apply

There is no cost for a permit and anyone over the age of 16 can apply.

You must submit your application at least 28 working days before your planned collection.

Apply for a street collection permit

If your application is successful, after your street collection you need to let us know the amount collected by completing a form of statement.

Complete a form of statement

What happens next?

Tacit consent

Tacit consent does not apply in respect of these applications. 

Tacit consent means that if we have not dealt with licence applications within the target period then the application can be deemed to have been granted or approved. 

It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted. 

If you have not heard from us within 10 working days, contact us on 01642 524802 or


If we refuse your application, you may be able to appeal this decision to the Magistrates' Court or First-Tier Tribunal.

Full details will be included in any refusal notice.


Approved street collections

Visit our licensing registers page to view a list of approved street collections


Contact us

Contact the Licensing Team for advice on any licence or to make a complaint about a licensed business.

Phone: 01642 524802