If you want to collect money or sell articles in any public place within the Borough for the benefit of charitable or other purposes, you must hold a charitable collection permit which we have issued to you. It is an offence for anyone to collect money or sell articles without a permit and/or to breach the adopted regulations.
The main Act of Parliament covering the licensing of street collections is the Police, Factories etc (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916. This allows authorities to make regulations about collections. We wish to grant as many permits as possible to help charitable or other purposes and will do so provided we are satisfied that:
A permit is also not required for:
If you are selling in the course of trade you must not make any representation that any part of the proceeds of sale will be devoted to any charitable purpose. Selling is only permitted in a street if you hold a street trading consent issued by us.
Further information can also be found on the Charity Commission website.