Street collections

You'll need a permit if you want to collect money or sell items for charity on the street. Street includes any public area

Before you start

Please apply up to eight weeks before your collection date, so that paperwork and information can be checked in time to issue a permit.

You don't need a street collection licence if you're selling or collecting as part of a business.

How much it costs

There is no fee for a permit.

How to apply

Download, complete, and return the application form to the address shown on the form.

pdf icon Street collecting application form [39kb]
pdf icon Guidance notes [43kb]

What happens next?

We'll get in touch if we need any additional information, otherwise we'll aim to process your application in 10 working days and you'll receive the permit by post along with an order form for your collector's badges, which you will need to send to the Stationery Office.

You must have the badges before you can start to collect.

If we refuse your application, we will write to you to tell you why and how you can appeal or if we would need to offer you an alternative date.

Let us know how much you've raised

Within 20 days of the collection, you must tell us how much you raised.

Download, complete, and return the form to the address shown on the form.

pdf icon Street collecting returns form [39kb]