Street collections

It is illegal to hold a street collection to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes without obtaining a street collection permit from us, if that collection is to be held in a street or public place. This also includes collecting in other public areas, such as shop doorways and car parks.

You could be fined £200 if you collect money for charity without a Permit.

The Council has adopted regulations in respect of Street Collections. These can be viewed and downloaded here [PDF 252 KB]

We do take into account the number of other street collections taking place on the same day and in the same location, so that the area is not saturated with charity collections all being held at the same time.  Generally, we would only issue one permit per town/village on one day.

At present, we allocate dates on a first-come-first-served basis so we do need you to provide alternative dates in your application as we may not be able to accommodate your first choice.

How to apply

Applications for Permits should be made no later than a month (and no earlier than a year)  before the date of the planned collection.

All applications must be accompanied by a letter from the charity you are planning to collect for; this must authorise the applicant collector to carry out the collection on behalf of the charity.

You can apply for a street collection permit online via the Gov.UK portal.

if you prefer,you can also download an application form below:
[WORD 48 KB]  Microsoft WORD version.
[PDF 323 KB]    PDF version.

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

As there are still major concerns about the spread of Covid-19, and even though your proposed street collection may not take place for several months, we will require you, as the organiser, (in conjunction with your Charity), to provide a suitable and sufficient risk assessment to ensure any collection is carried out safely.

Please email your completed application form with a letter of authorisation and a Covid risk assessment to

After your collection has taken place

Once your collection has taken place, you will need to send us a return showing how much money you collected, and how much you spent organising the collection (such as on advertising, printing, promotional materials etc).

The return form can be downloaded here [WORD 32 KB]
Completed returns can be emailed to

You are legally required to submit the return form within one month of the date of the collection; failure to do so may be taken into account when any future applications for permits from are being considered.

Introduction of House-to-House and Street Collections Policy

Street collections are governed by the Police, Factories, etc (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916. This Act allows the Council to make regulations with respect to the places where collections may be permitted and the conditions under which they can be issued. 

House-to-House collections are regulated by the House to House Collections Act 1939. This Act requires the promoter to obtain a licence from the Council before a collection can be carried out. The Council must grant a licence on application unless one of the grounds set out in the Act for refusing the licence apply.

Find more information on how to apply for a House-to-House Licence.

The Council does not have powers to charge for the issue of either a Street Collection permit or House-to-House Collection licence, so the cost of administering the scheme cannot be recovered from application fees.

In January 2020 the Council's Licensing and Appeals Committee approved a draft Charity Collections  Policy document for a consultation exercise to be carried out.

We are currently consulting all permit and licence holders who have held collections over the last 2 years, the relevant statutory authorities (to include Police, Trading Standards, Highways), and the Council's Policy, Legal and Community Safety teams.

Comments are also welcomed from the District Council's Elected Members,Town and Parish Councils/Meetings,and from membersof the Public; particularly in respect of the  main market towns where most of the collections take place.

The consultation process started on Monday 4th January and will run until Thursday  25th March 2021.

Any responses received will be analysed and a report will be submitted to the next meeting of the Licensing and Appeals Committee, currently scheduled to take place on Thursday 15th April 2021, where  the Policy will be considered for adoption by the Council.

The Draft Policy document can be viewed/downloaded here

Comments in writing may be made via email to

or by post to:  Eileen Tierney, Licensing Manager, Regulatory Services, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Town Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NN.

Please include a contact number and/or email address in your submission in  case we need to clarify any of your comments - these details will be removed from the Committee report.