Charity Street and Door-to-Door Collections
Organisers must obtain permission from the Council before a charitable collection, or sale of goods for a charitable purpose, takes place in a public place. A licence is also required for charitable appeals made door-to-door, unless an Exemption Order issued by the government is already in place that covers the activity.
Enquiries are also made to check that a reasonable percentage of the money raised will be used for the charitable purpose stated. There are limits on expenses that can be deducted and collectors are not allowed to receive payment.
The conduct of street collections is controlled by the Council's Street Collection Regulations. Breaches of the regulations can mean that charities are excluded from holding future collections in the town and, in serious cases, may result in prosecution.
For information on how to apply for permission to hold a charitable collection please go to the Charity Street Collection - Make an application web page.