Charity licences

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3. Apply for a house to house collections licence

You can apply for a charitable house-to-house collection online.

You'll need to telephone us on 01392 265702 before you apply to make sure that your preferred collection area and date is available. If it is available we can give you a provisional booking. 

We must receive your application at least 28 days before the collection date

You'll need to tell us:

  • your details
  • details of the charity, fund or organisation to benefit
  • your preferred dates and hours for collecting
  • if you intend to collect money, property or offer anything for sale
  • how many people you plan to authorise as collectors 

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If you're collecting for a charity you'll need to know the registered charity number.

You'll need to know the name of the treasurer or secretary of the organisation.

When we receive your application we'll check it to make sure it's been completed correctly.  We'll telephone you if there is anything else we need.

We'll send you the house-to-house collection permit in the post. The permit will show:

  • the name and address of the organisation you are collecting for
  • the dates the permit is valid for
  • the collection areas authorised
  • the maximum number of collectors allowed

We will also send you a certificate for the information of HM Stationery Office. You will then need to order the certificates of authorisation and badges for your collectors.

Please be aware that it is an offence for any collector to collect without having in his or her possession the required signed authority and badge.  

When you've carried out the collection you'll need to fill in and send us a return giving an account of monies raised.  You'll need to supply us with a return for the house-to-house collection within one month of the collection. 

You can fill in a paper version of the application form and send it to us in the post or bring it into our office

You'll need to telephone us on 01392 265702 first to check the dates and times when you want to carry out your collection.  We'll make you a provisional booking and send you the application form to fill in.

We must receive your application at least 28 days before the collection date

When you've carried out the collection you'll need to fill in and send us a return giving an account of monies raised.

If you want to come in to our offices and speak to a licensing officer then please telephone 01392 265702 first to make sure that someone is available.