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Charitable house to house collections

Under the terms of the House to House Collections Act 1939 and House to House Collections Regulations 1947, an institution or an individual must have a licence from the Council if they want to carry out charitable house to house, or door to door, collections.

You won't need a licence if you have a valid exemption certificate.

  1. How do I apply for a licence?

    Applications need to be made no later than the first day of the month preceding that in which the collection is proposed to take place. For example, if your planned start date is the 29 March 2020, you must submit your application by the 1 February 2020. 

    There is no fee for this application.

    Before we grant a licence, will consider the amount of money to be given to charity against the likely proceeds of the collection.

    Apply for a charitable house to house licence.

    The Chief promoter will need to give us an account of the collection within one month of the expiry of the licence.

  2. Will tacit consent apply?

    Yes, tacit consent will apply.

    This means that, if you have not heard from us after 31 days after submitting your application (the end of the target completion period), you will be able to act as though your application has been granted.

  3. My licence application has been refused

    If you are refused a licence can appeal within 14 days from the date on which notice is given.

    Appeals need to be made to:

    The Minister for Civil Society
    Cabinet Office
    70 Whitehall
    Westminster
    London
    SW1A 2AS

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