House-to-house collections licence

Licence summary

To carry out house-to-house collections for charitable purposes in England and Wales you need a licence from the local authority.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications must be in the form prescribed by the local authority.

You must be a fit and proper person.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application Evaluation Process

No provision in the legislation

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

Apply online

Apply to run a house to house charitable collection

Notify us of the result of a house to house charitable collection

Failed Application Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

You have the right to appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the refusal.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

You have the right to appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the decision.

Consumer Complaint

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 that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade Associations

None

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