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Charity Street Collection - Make an application
One of the reasons that charitable collections are regulated is to ensure that the public is not annoyed by excessive fundraising. If there are too many collections taking place ‘collection fatigue’ can set in, people stop donating and the collections become less effective for the charities.
To ensure that members of the public are not overwhelmed by collection requests a policy has been adopted which controls the allocation of collection dates. Under the Council’s booking policy:
- The Borough has been divided into a number of collection zones (eg Brentwood High Street, Ingatestone, Shenfield).
- Not more than one charity street collection is permitted in any zone at any one time.
- A charitable cause may only benefit from a charity street collection in any given zone on one Saturday in any calendar year.
- A maximum of six collections will normally be authorised for a particular charitable cause in any one year.
- The booking restrictions do not apply to the 'Lighting Up Brentwood' Christmas event. For this special occasion, several charities are permitted to collect in the High Street at the same time but each is given a designated pitch.
The Council has adopted a ‘first come, first served’ procedure for the allocation of charity street collection dates in order to ensure that all charities, whether large or small, have equal access to popular collection dates.
There is no charge for a street collection permit or a house-to-house collection licence. If you would like to apply for permission to hold a charitable collection, please apply online below.
View the Charity Street Collection Diary to find available dates and collection zones.
Applications must be submitted at least one month before the date of the proposed collection.
Telephone 01277 312500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org