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Street Collection Licence

Licence Summary

To collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes in England, you require a Street Collection Licence from your local council.

Anyone intending to collect money or sell articles in the street from set locations for charitable purposes requires a permit. The legislation governing this activity is the Police, Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916 and Local Government Act 1972. Please note that only registered charities can apply for a Street Collection Licence.

In pursuance of Section 5 of the Police, Factories, etc, (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916, as amended by Section 251 Schedule 29 of the Local Government Act 1972, Colchester Borough Council has set various regulations in respect to the places where and the conditions under which persons may be permitted in any Street or Public Place within the Borough of Colchester to collect money or sell articles in relation to the above Acts and any emendation subsequently made thereto. To view this information, please click on the link below:

pdf icon Street Collection Licence Additional Information [109kb]

 

Eligibility Criteria

No provision in the legislation.

Please note that only registered charities can apply for a Street Collection Licence.

 

          Fee

There is no fee for a Street Collection Licence.

 

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

 

Application Evaluation Process

No provision in the legislation.

 

        Target 
   Completion 
        Period

The target completion period for a Street Collection Licence application is five working days.

 

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes. If Colchester Borough Council does not respond to an application within the target completion period (shown above) or following an extension, the authorisation will be deemed to have been granted tacitly unless different arrangements are in place that are justified by an Overriding Reason of Public Interest.

 

Apply Online

There are strict regulations on how to organise and conduct these collections so it is very important to understand what is required before making an application. A detailed information leaflet is available by clicking on the pdf icon Street Collection Leaflet link [109kb].

Apply to run a charitable collection

Notify us of the result of a charitable collection

 

 Apply via post
   or in person

There are strict regulations on how to organise and conduct these collections so it is very important to understand what is required before making an application. A detailed information leaflet is available by clicking on the pdf icon Street Collection Leaflet link [109kb].

For a PDF version of the application form which can be downloaded, printed and completed, please click the link below:

pdf icon Street Collections Licence Application Form [69kb]

Application forms are also available from the Colchester Library and Community Hub or by contacting us using the details below.

 

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Colchester Borough Council in the first instance.

 

Licence
Holder
Redress

Please contact Colchester Borough Council in the first instance.

 

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 rights - GOV.UK 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.