Charity collections

Licences and permits are required for the following types of charity collections:

Street collections

You will need a street collection permit if you wish to make a charitable tin collection in the street, in a public or private place.

How to apply for street collections

Please read the street collection regulations before applying. 

Street collection

  • The completed form must be returned at least one month prior to the date of collection.
  • We may, in granting the licence, limit the collection to certain parts of the street/place.
  • After the collection has taken place a financial return form must be returned to the Council within one month.
  • Licences are valid for one day.

House to house collections

You will need a license to undertake a house-to-house collection of money or any other goods such as clothes on the doorstep of private homes and businesses.

How to apply for house to house collections

Please read the street collection regulations before applying.

House to house collections

  • the completed form must be returned at least one month prior to the start date of the collection.
  • you must provide a covering letter which provides details on the following:-
  • details of the aims and objectives of your society
  • a list of the society's patron and officers and, if applicable, branch officers
  • copies of accounts of collections held in other areas
  • the format of the proposed collection
  • details of the methods used to obtain collectors and how those collectors are controlled
  • any other information you may wish to send in support of your application

We may, in granting the licence, limit the collection to

  • certain parts of the street/place/area.
  • Many of the large well known charities hold a Home Office Exemption Certificate which means that no licence is required; however notice must be given to the Council as the licensing authority.
  • A licence will not be granted for a period of longer than 12 months.
  • We, as the licensing authority, may refuse a licence, or where granted, may revoke it in circumstances specified in the Act.
  • After the collection has taken place a financial return form must be returned to the Council within one month.
  • There is no fee

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 1PX