House to house collections

The District Council is the Licensing Authority for Charitable Street Collections under Section 5 of the Police, Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916 and Charitable House to House Collections under the House to House Collections Act 1939.

It is an offence to conduct a house to house collection without first obtaining a licence from us.

Some of the larger well-known charities such as Christian Aid, Help the Aged etc, have a Charity Commission exemption from having to apply for a permit, but by and large most of the smaller, and particularly local groups and organisations need a permit before they can collect money (or articles which they intend to sell later), from door to door.

Further information can be found on our Street Collection webpage.

Details of a consultation  exercise currently being carried out  on a Policy to assist in determining House-to-House and Street Collections can be found on the same webpage.  

Your comments on the draft Street and House-to-House Collections Policy are welcomed.  We are hoping a Policy will be approved to take effect later in the year, once the comments from the consultation exercise have been analysed and reported to the Licensing and Appeals Committee meeting for consideration April 2021.