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Street collections

How to apply for a street collection permit

Street collection permit

If you’re holding a street collection to collect money or sell articles for a charitable purpose, you must obtain a permit to do so; it’s the law.

The permits we issue make sure:

  • collectors are properly authorised
  • money is collected in a secure way
  • the total proceeds collected are properly accounted for

Where can I collect?

You’ll need a permit if you want to collect money for charity in a street or public space. A public space is a place where the public has access all the time.

For example, if you’re collecting in the foyer of a supermarket, the public don’t have access when the shop is closed. So it’s not considered to be a public space, and you wouldn’t need a collection permit. Instead, you would need landowner’s permission. But if you’re in front of the supermarket or in the car park (these areas are public places), you would require a permit.

Please note; permits are restricted to enable charities to raise money without their collections clashing with those of other charities. It’s our policy to only allow one collection per week in the same area (unless it’s a special event), therefore demand is high.

Vancouver Quarter

If you wish to collect on behalf of a charity within the regenerated Vancouver Quarter of the King's Lynn town centre (between Kenneth Bush and Peacocks), you’ll need permission first. This is from the Vancouver Quarter Town Centre Manager. Please email abbiepanks@vancouverquarter.com

Apply for a permit

You can apply online. There is no fee for the permit.

To apply for a street collection permit you’ll need to:

  • apply four weeks in advance of your planned collection date
  • check to see if the date you want is free using our online calendar

Apply for a collection permit

If you have more than one planned collection date, you’ll need to complete a separate application for each date.

Cancelling a date?

If you need to change your collection date, please apply again using the form above. We'll ask you to confirm your original date and you can use our calendar to pick another that's free. If you want to cancel a planned date, but don't want to reschedule, please email us.

What happens next?

We will make a decision on your application. We’ll contact you if we cannot approve this or issue a permit authorising the collection for the applied date, time and area.

After your collection

After the collection is complete, you need to send us a statement of return detailing the monies collected. Please send this within one calendar month of the collection date.

Supply a return for a street collection

You also need to advertise in a local newspaper the amount collected. Sometimes this can be done for free if it is included in an article that promotes the charity and/or event.

Guidance

Street Collection regulations apply. Please see our street collection regulations document at the bottom of the page.