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Street collections licence

​​​​To carry out house-to-house collections for charitable purposes in England and Wales you need a licence from us (Licensing Service).  It is illegal to hold a Street Collection 'in a street or public place' to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes without obtaining a Street Collection Licence from the Council. A 'public place' is a 'place where the public has access'.

Eligibility criteria

There is no cost for the issuing of consent but there are rules to be followed. Street Collections are usually made by Charities. Collections usually take place in a town centre on busy shopping days. Money is collected in sealed containers.

There are regulations, which govern this type of collection. Consents are restricted to enable charities to raise money without their collections clashing with those of other charities.

The purpose of the legal requirement to obtain consent is to ensure collectors are properly authorised and that money is collected in a secure way and the total proceeds collected are properly accounted for.

Regulation summary

Application evaluation process

A return form must be completed following the collection and returned to us. This form will be sent to you once your application form has been received.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us using the contact details provided.

Apply for a licence

Application for a street collection licence ​(66kb pdf)

​​Failed application​ redress

  • Please contact us (Licensing Service) in the first instance.
  • You have the right to appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.
  • Appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the refusal.

Licence holder redress

  • Please contact us (Licensing Service) in the first instance.
  • You have the right to appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.
  • Appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the decision.

Contact

01706 924114


Licensing counter drop-in sessions, Number One Riverside​

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9am-11am and 2pm-4pm

Friday ​9am-11am

Licensing Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU