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Street collections

We regulate street collections under an act of parliament. 

This relates to collections of money or sale of goods for 'charitable or philanthropic purposes' in streets or public places where the public have a right of access.

It does not extend to such places as the inside of private shopping arcades and supermarkets.

If you wish to organise a charitable collection, you will need a licence from us.

Street collections throughout the borough are normally licensed for Saturdays. This can be varied upon request.

This will not affect any application made for a collection solely along the route of a sponsored walk, or similar event, as it passes through the borough.

Application process

  • To apply for a street collection, please complete the application form and return it to us by email or by post. Before completing the application, please view and read our privacy policy.
  • 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'.
  • Our policy in dealing with such applications is to give priority to local charities, or national charities with local branches, where funds are to be used locally to help disabled or disadvantaged people.
  • There is no fee for a street collection licence. 
  • Due to demand, collections are normally limited to one per charity collection per year.
  • Licensed collections are not transferrable.

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