Street collection licensing

The Council’s power to regulate street collections and issue licences is contained in the Police, Factories etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916.

Control under the legislation relates to proposed collections in streets or public places where the public have a right of access. It does not, however, extend to such places as the inside of private Shopping Arcades and Supermarkets.

The Council is empowered to, and does limit the number of street collections in its area because it is conscious of the threat of ‘overkill’.

It is also Council policy that in dealing with such applications priority is given to local charities or national charities with local branches where funds are to be used locally to help disabled or disadvantaged people.

The only exception to the above practice is when the Council receives applications in connection with sponsored charity events (e.g. John O’Groats to Lands End Walk, Pram Pushes etc. which pass through the Borough) or national special events (such as ‘Red Nose Day’ or ‘Children In Need’).

Such applications are dealt with on merit but no clash with existing collections are allowed.


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Fees Payable:

No licence fee is payable for street collections.


Duration of Permit:

The duration of any permit is at the Council's discretion but because of demand collections are normally limited to one day per charity collection

How do I report a problem?

Report a concern about:

  • an application
  • an issued licence
  • a current street collection