House to house collection

A permit is required to undertake a 'house to house' collection, under the House to House Collections Act 1939.

Whereas street collection permits are normally issued to cover a period of one or two days, a house to house collection permit can be granted for any period up to one year.  With regard to vetting and checking to ascertain whether the organisation applying is genuine or not, the same procedures apply as for street collections.

Collections generally take place from door to door or from one public house to another.

Some of the larger well-known charities such as Christian Aid, Help the Aged etc, have a Charity Commission exemption from having to apply for a permit, but by and large most of the smaller, and particularly local groups and organisations need a permit before they can collect money (or articles which they intend to sell later), from door to door.

Licence Conditions

Declaration

I am aware that should a  Licence be granted to me the collection must take place in strict compliance with the house-to-house collection regulations and / or the street collection regulations as appropriate.  I am aware that it is also necessary for me to submit a certified form of statement within 28 days of the collection taking place.

A copy of the House to House Collections Act 1939 can be viewed at the Council Offices where you can also obtain an application form and a copy of our standard conditions.

Supplying a return

As with street collection permits there is a requirement for the promoter of the collection to make a return following the collection.

Service Standards

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 4 working days.

We will determine your application within 28 days.

Licence Fees and Charges

There is no fee for this application.

Application Evaluation Process

One of the key grounds for refusal would be where the total amount likely to be applied for charitable purpose as a result of the collection, is inadequate in proportion to the value of the proceeds likely to be received.  So, for instance, where an applicant intends to claim a fair proportion of the proceeds of the collection for expenses, a permit could be refused.

There is no statutory guidance to local authorities on what would be a reasonable amount for expenses.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes. 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.

Appeals

Unlike street collections, there is a statutory right of appeal against the refusal to grant a house to house collection permit.  In this case, the right of appeal is to the Secretary of State, and the grounds for refusal are set out in the Act itself.

Apply online

Apply for a house to house collection licence

Submit a Return

Download

Application Form

Contact details

Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
Herts
SG1 1HN

committees@stevenage.gov.uk
01438 242992