It is illegal in this country to hold a Street Collection to
collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or
other purposes without obtaining a Street Collection Licence from
the council if that collection is to be held 'in a street or public
place'. A 'public place' is a 'place where the public has
It is often assumed that collections held in shop doorways or
car parks do not need a Street Collection Licence because they are
being held on 'privately owned land'. This is not true, as the
legislation does not mention the ownership of the land or treat
collections on 'privately owned land' as exempt from the licensing
A shop doorway or car park, when it is open for trading, is a
'public place' because the public has access at that time. No other
licence would be valid. A Pedlars Licence, issued by the
Police cannot be used for this purpose.
Only Local Authorities issue Street Collection Licences under
Section 5 of the Police, Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions
Act 1916, as amended by the Local Government Act 1972 and Schedule
29 of that Act.
There is no cost for the issuing of consent but there are
rules to be followed in applying. Street Collections are usually
made by Charities. Collections usually take place in a town centre
on busy shopping days. Money is collected in tins. 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.
Application for a Street Collection
If you wish to make an application for a Street
Collection please click on the links below to download the relevant
application form and conditions:-
Application For Street Collection (PDF, 23 Kb)
Street Collection Regulations
(PDF, 29 Kb)
Collections Permit Policy Document 2011
A 'return form' must be completed following the collection and
returned to the council. This form will be sent to you along with a
permit authorising you to hold such collection.
Completed application forms for a Street Collection Licence
together with the relevant documents should be returned either in
person or by post to the Licensing Group.
Phone: 0845 050 4434
(Fax: 01539 740300)
Post: Public Health & Licensing Group,
Community Services Directorate, South
Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal LA9 4UD