Charity Collections Licensing

Permission must be granted by the Council before a street, or house to house collection can take place. Application should be made to the local authority no later than the first day of the month before the collection is due to take place. This requirement applies to all organisations that collect from a street or a public highway. No fee is payable for these permits.

Street collection

Street collection permits are issued by the Council for collections that take place in public areas. An example of this is a town centre.

These collections cannot be undertaken unless prior permission has been obtained from the Council. Prior permission can be obtained by completing an appropriate form. 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.

House to house collection

All collections made door to door or conducted in public houses (pubs) in North Hertfordshire must have a house to house permit issued by this authority.

When a collector going door to door makes a collection of goods or money, a house to house collection permit is required. There are regulations which govern this type of collection. Some charities obtain exemptions from the Home Office when a national collection is being made. However, as a general rule house to house collections cannot be undertaken unless prior permission has been obtained from the Council by completing an appropriate form. There is no cost for the issuing of consent but there are rules to be followed in applying. Collections are usually made by charities.

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.