- Licence name
- House-to-house collections licence
You must apply for a licence if you want to collect money or goods (that you plan to sell at a later date) from people’s homes for charity.
- Do I need a licence?
You must apply for a house to house collections licence if you're a:
- Small charity.
- Local group, for example scouts, girl guides.
Some of the larger well-known charities for example, Christian Aid, Help the Aged, have a Charity Commission exemption from having to apply for a permit, but most of the smaller and particularly local groups and organisations need a permit before they can collect money or items.
- How to apply
To apply for a house-to-house collections licence, complete the online application form below.
- Apply 20 working days before you plan to start collecting.
- Include the names of any people who will be collecting on behalf of the charity or organisation; these are known as the 'authorised collectors'.
- Include your own name if you're planning to be an authorised collector.
- How much it will cost
You don't have to pay for a house-to-house collection permit.
- Conditions to meet
You must be a fit and proper person and let us know details of items and households collected from.
- Validity and renewals
House-to-house collection licences can be valid for up to 1 year.
- Appeals, complaints and redress
Please contact us in the first instance.
You have a right to appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office within 14 days of the decision.
- Fines and penalties
If you don't get a licence before starting house-to-house collections you could face:
- Up to 6 months in prison.
- A fine of up to £1,000.
If you or anyone collecting on your behalf doesn't give a police officer their name, address and signature when asked to, they could be fined up to £200.
- Contact us