Apply for a street collection permit
If you intend to collect money for a worthy cause in a public area then you will need to obtain a street collection permit from us.
We only allow one collection per town at anytime during the year. Once you you have a collection date in mind your should contact us to check that date is available.
If your charity holds a National Exemption Order you do not need to apply for a permit. You will only need to Contact Licensing.
You do not need a street collection permit to collect on private property such as:
- garden centres
You will need to obtain permission from the property owner.
How to apply
You can apply using our online form.
Before you start
You'll need to:
- tell us where you will be carrying out the collection
- provide any details about the dates and times
- provide details of the beneficiary charity or fund
- give us details of the person auditing street collection returns
You don't have to pay a fee for a street collection permit.
Tacit consent applies to street collections collection permits. In this case, we must process your application before it can be granted. Where tacit consent does apply, this means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period.
You will need to allow at least 28 days for us to consider your application for a permit.
After you have carried out a collection
Once the collection has taken place, you will need to fill in and send us a return (called a 'statement of amount collected'). This shows how much money has been collected and how much has been given to the charity.
You will need to send us the return within 28 days of the date of the collection.
⚠ You must do this even if no money is collected, otherwise you may be refused permission to make collections in future.
Street collection regulations
You are strongly advised to read our street collection regulations.
Check to see if a collection is authorised
You can check on the Licening Register to see if a street collection permit is authorised within Uttlesford.