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House to house collections are licensed under the 1939 Act of the same name.
No one can carry out a collection such as this without a licence. The Home Office may grant an exemption for larger national charities to enable them to work across the country.
A 'house to house collection' does not just mean collecting door to door in a residential area. 'House' includes a place of business so, for example, a collection which includes visits to public houses would also need to be licensed.
You may apply for a collection throughout the whole borough or just a particular ward. A promoter may apply for a collection for a period not exceeding one year. The Licensing Authority is normally obliged to grant the licence for the period specified in the application.
We cannot limit the number of such collections to be carried out in one particular area. It is therefore possible that any number of charities will be found collecting legitimately in one street on any particular day of the week.
If your application is refused you will be advised of the appeal procedure in the decision notice.
All applications can be returned to us by post or by email.
There is no fee for this licence.