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Street Collection Permit

To collect money or sell items for the benefit of charitable or other purposes, you must obtain a street collection permit from us if the collection is to be held 'in a street or public place'. A 'public place' is defined as a place where the public has access.

You will need to make a permit application with enough notice before the date when the collection is due to take place (this needs to be at least one month before the date of the collection).

A street collection permit will be required even if the collection is in a shop doorway or car park as this is a public place.

There is no cost for the permit, which is usually made by charities and take place in a shopping area on a busy shopping day. Money must be collected in a sealed container by authorised collectors. Permits are restricted to enable charities to raise money without their collections clashing with those of other charities.

Making an application

  • Choose a date, time and location for your collection
  • Contact us using the form below to provisionally book in the date of the collection
  • Download and fill in the application form for a street collection permit below. You can also apply online
  • Attach any permission letters from the landowner(s) to the application form
  • Send the application form to the Licensing Section (no fee applies) at least one calendar month before the first date of the collection
  • If a permit is granted, a form of the statement must be returned to the Licensing Section within a month of the collection date. You can download this form below

Find out more information about the Street Collection Regulations by downloading the brief guide available below.


Last updated 4 June 2020
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