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Street collection licence

To collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes in England or Wales, you require a street collection licence from your local council.

It is often assumed that collections held in shop doorways or car parks do not need a Street Collection Licence because they are being held on 'privately owned land'.  This is not true, as the legislation does not mention the ownership of the land or treat collections on 'privately owned land' as exempt from the licensing regulations.  A shop doorway or carpark, when that shop is open for trading, is a 'public place' because the public has access at that time.  No other licence would be valid.  A Pedlars Licence, issued by the Police cannot be used for this purpose.

Only Local Authorities issue Street Collection Licences under Section 5 of the Police, Factories, etc. Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1916, as amended by the Local Government Act 1972 and Schedule 29 of that Act.

Licence Conditions

It is illegal in this country to hold a Street Collection to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes without obtaining a Street Collection Licence from the Council if that collection is to be held 'in a street or public place'.  A 'public place' is a 'place where the public has access'.

The purpose of the legal requirement to obtain consent is to ensure collectors are properly authorised and that money is collected in a secure way and the total proceeds collected are properly accounted for.

A copy of the Police, Factories, etc. Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1916 can be viewed at the Council Offices where you can also obtain a copy of our standard conditions.


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.

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

There are rules to be followed in applying. Street Collections are usually made by Charities. Collections usually take place in a town centre on busy shopping days.  Money is collected in tins. There are regulations, which govern this type of collection. Consents are restricted to enable charities to raise money without their collections clashing with those of other charities.

Please complete an online enquiry for further information or to request  a form.

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.


Apply online

Apply to licence a street collection

Supply a return for a street collection

Contact details

Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242992