It is illegal 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 held 'in a street or public place'.
A 'public place' is a 'place where the public has access' and also includes shop doorways and car parks.
In addition, a pedlar’s 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 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.
A copy of the Police, Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1916) can be viewed at the council offices where an application form and a copy of the standard conditions can be obtained.
Apply for a street collection licence
Send an application form
- Street Collection Form of Statement (Returns Form)
- Download (24KB)
A return form must be completed following the collection and returned to the Council. This form will be sent to you once your application form has been received.
When returning the application, please attach the following items: -
(a) A leaflet about the charity you are collecting for.
(b) A letter of authority from the charity which states that you have been authorised by that charity.
Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
The authority requires a minimum of 1 month's notice prior to the requested collection date.
The outcome of an application will be determined within 14 days.
There is no charge for this process.
A permit is valid for one collection day.
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