Charitable street collections
No collection, other than a collection taken at a meeting in the open air, can be made in any street or public place within the South Somerset District, unless a promoter has obtained a permit from the Council.
This is stated in Section 5 of the Police, Factories etc (Miscellaneous Provision) Act 1916 as amended by the Local Government Act 1972.
- The application for a permit needs to be made no later than one month before the date of the proposed collection.
- No collection shall be made other than on the day and between the hours stated in the permit.
- We may, in granting a permit, limit the collection to streets or public places, or such parts thereof, as we think fit.
- No person may assist or take part in any collection without the written authority of a promoter.
Any person authorised under the paragraph above must be able to produce such written authority for inspection when requested to do so by our Officers or any constable.
- No collections shall be made in a manner likely to inconvenience or annoy any person
- Whilst collecting, a collector shall remain stationary and one or two collectors together shall not be at least 25 metres away from another collector
- No promoter shall permit a person under the age of 16 to act as a collector
- Every collector shall carry a collecting box
Within one month after the date of a collection, the person which has been granted a permit shall send to us:
- A complete form showing the amount received and the expenses and payments incurred in connection with such a collection and certified by that person.
- A list of collectors
- A list of the amounts contained in each collecting box
How do I apply?
There is no fee for this permit.
Will tacit consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted.
Please allow a minimum of 31 days for your application to be processed.
What happens next?
We will consider:
- public inconvenience
- other collections taking place
- the amount of money to be given to charity against the likely proceeds of the collection
- any convictions of the organiser
If your application has not been granted, contact our Licensing Specialists online, by phone: 01935 462462 or by post:
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
There is no statutory right of appeal against the refusal of a street collection permit. The only way the decision could be challenged is by an application to the High Court for a review of the decision.
Consumer complaint and other redress
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery).
If you find another organisation collecting in a street for which you have been given a permit, contact our Licensing Team online or by phone 01935 462462.