If you want to collect money or sell items in any public area, you'll usually need a Street Collection Licence.
Do you need a Street Collection Licence?
You must apply for a Street Collection Licence if you want to collect money in a public place or sell items for charity in a public place.
A public place is a place where a member of the public has access to.
You don't need a street collection licence if you're selling or collecting as part of a business.
Do you need a Street Collection Licence if you're not collecting on a street?
It's not just streets that are covered - you'll need a licence if you collect money in any public area, for example a shop doorway, bus station or car park.
How to apply for a Street Collection Licence
You'll need to complete the form below to apply for a Street Collection Licence.
Once you've filled out the form you can either:
- Send it to
- Post it to Rochdale Borough Council Licensing, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU
- Bring it in to the Licensing Unit (see contact section for address and opening hours)
You'll also need to fill in and send us a return form. We'll send this form to you once we've received your application.
How much is it to apply for a Street Collection Licence?
FREE - there's no charge to apply for a Street Collection Licence.
How to appeal if your application for a Street Collection Licence is rejected
If your application for a Street Collection Licence is rejected, please contact us in the first instance using the contact details on this page.
If you disagree with our licensing committee's decision, you can appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office. You must do this within 14 days and at least 5 working days before the date of your event.
Fines and penalties for collecting without a Street Collection Licence
It's illegal to collect money or sell items in a public place for the benefit of a charity without getting a Street Collection Licence. A public place is a place where the public has access.
You could be fined £200 if you collect money for charity without a licence.