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Street trading and charity collections

Apply for a house-to-house collection licence

You must apply for a licence if you want to collect money or goods (that you plan to sell at a later date) from people’s homes for charity. The licence allows you to collect for a period of two weeks per year.

Your organisation may be eligible for a Home Office Exemption. These are usually given to charities working at a national level. Check the government's list of National Exemption Order holders.

To apply for a house-to-house collection licence, you need to complete the following steps:

  • Complete our online application form and print it
  • Return the form to us along with a letter of authorisation from the charity and if possible previous examples of the method of raising income

Apply for a house-to-house collection licence

After you apply

You cannot run your collection until you have been granted a licence. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact Licensing.

Once you have run your collection, you must fill out and return the Form of Statement to us within 1 month of the collection.