What is the House to House Collection Licence?
Literally anyone can knock on a stranger’s front door and claim that they are collecting money or donations for charity.
With a House to House Collection Licence, the holder is demonstrating that they have been legally authorised to collect money and donations on behalf of small charities and local community groups. This is also used to protect the community from bogus collectors taking advantage of peoples' generosity.
Larger well-known charities such as Christian Aid, Help the Aged etc that hold a Home Office exemption certificate are not required to apply for a House to House Collection Licence.
How to apply for a House to House Collection Licence
House to House Collection Licence applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.
Fines and penalties
If you don’t hold a House to House Collection Licence before starting house-to-house collections you could face up to 6 months in prison, as well as potentially receiving a fine of up to £1,000.
What information do you need to provide after collection?
Once you and your charity or organisation have completed your door to door donation collection you will need to submit details of your collection to your local council within one month of completed collection. These details include:
- the total amount collected
- the names of all collectors and amounts collected by each
- any expenses or payments incurred
- certification by two of the people responsible for the collection
- certification by a qualified accountant