Street Collection Licence

A street collection licence is required for any person wishing to collect money on any public street or public space.

LICENCE Name

Street Collection Licence

AUTHORITY

Local council or Metropolitan Police

TIME TO GET LICENCED 28 days (varies depending on local authority)
COST £0
VALID FOR The licence lasts for the duration of the collection as applied for.
ELIGIBILITY 18+ years
QUALIFICATION(S) NEEDED N/A
STEPS
1 Application for Street Collection Licence
Submit requested documentation
A letter from your chosen charity authorising you to collect on their behalf
A synopsis of the charity’s background and objectives
Contact details of your chief promoter, who must be an employee of the charity
A letter of sponsorship from the Mayor of your chosen borough or boroughs (this may not be required in some cases)
Get Licenced

Find Your Course

What is a Street Collection Licence?

If you want to collect money or sell items on the street, a shop doorway a car park or any other kind of public space for charity than you will need a street collection licence, depending on your local council.

Street Collection Licences are issused under Section 5 of the Police, Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1916, as amended by the Local Government Act 1972 and Schedule 29 of that Act. The purpose of the legal requirement to obtain consent is to ensure collectors are properly authorised and that money is collected in a secure way and the total proceeds collected are properly accounted for.

A street as defined by the Street Collection Licence includes:

Highway

Public bridge

Road, lane

Footway

Square

Court

Alley

Passage

You do not need a Street Collection Licence if collection takes place in:

An area where there is no public right of access (e.g. inside a shopping mall, cinema, theatre, private home, work or business premises)

During a public meeting

By using an unattended collecting tin, kept in a fixed position, in a public place

How to apply for a Street Collection Licence?

There are two ways to apply for a Street Collection Licence.

If you in live in the Greater London area then you will need to contact the Metropolitan Police for a licence.

This can be done at the Official Metropolitan Police Website.

If you do not live in the Greater London then you will need to apply via your local council.

You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.

Preparing your application

To apply for a Street Collection Licence, you will need the following items:

A letter from your chosen charity authorising you to collect on their behalf

A synopsis of the charity’s background and objectives

Contact details of your chief promoter, who must be an employee of the charity

A letter of sponsorship from the Mayor of your chosen borough or boroughs (this may not be required in some cases)

Inspections and assessment

You must supply a statement of accounts for any previous collections you have carried out, and a statement of expenses after each street collection after licence has been granted.

Your local council may contact the charity you are collecting for to tell them you will be conducting a street collection on their behalf on the dates we have given you.

Fines and penalties

You could be fined £200 if you collect money for charity without a Street Collection Licence.

Licence Protocols

Once a Street Collection Licence has been approved you may be advised to follow certain protocols. These include collecting charitable donations in a manner as to not inconvenience or annoy members of the public.

Collectors must be over 16 years old, unless the collection is part of a procession.

It may also be advised that collectors are stationary and in a set and predetermined location.

All collection boxes should display the name of the charity or fund collecting and should be securely sealed.

Collectors should carry a written authority or badge signed on behalf of the Chief Promoter.

No payment should be made to collectors.

FAQs

The collection must be for a "good cause".  This does not mean that the organisation has to be a registered charity.  Individuals and local organisations may make applications and these are considered in the same way as applications from registered charities.
Street collections are usually made by, or on behalf of, charities. Consents are restricted to enable charities to raise money without their collections clashing with those of other charities.
It's not just streets that are covered - you'll need a licence if you collect money in any public area, for example a shop doorway, bus station or car park.
FREE! There is no charge to apply for a Street Collection Licence.
No. It is illegal to collect money in a public place for the benefit of a charity without getting a Street Collection Licence. As a result of having no Street Collection Licence, you could be fined £200 if you collect money for charity without a licence.
Collectors must be over 16 years old, unless the collection is part of a procession.
After the collection has been held you are legally required to submit a return form to the local authority within one month of the collection having taken place. This form needs to be signed by an accountant also. The form details the amount collected and any expenses incurred.
Yes, every street collector must carry around their permit or licence with them which shows the terms and conditions that they must follow.
Yes. Privately owned land such as shop doorways or shop car parks still require a Street Collection Permit because it is still a 'public place' that the public has access to at that time and as such not exempt from the legislation.