A House to house collection is an appeal by a charity to the public by means of visits from house to house, which includes domestic properties or a place of business. Most collections are carried out by the larger charities that leave envelopes with householders and returning on a set date to pick up the donation. Some charities request clothing or bric-a-brac to be left out in plastic sacks. These activities should also be licensed.
Some charities have Home Office Orders of Exemption made under Section 3, which allows them to carry out their collections throughout the country without the need to be issued with a local authority licence.
Collections that are carried out by going from pub to pub with collection tins require a licence and the permission of the landlord.
There is no fee for a house to house collection applications. We have 28 days from receipt of an application to determine it.
To apply for a licence please follow the link provided on this page.
House to house collections are governed under the House to House Collections Act 1939 and House to House Collection Regulations 1947 (as amended).