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Street collections

How to apply for a street collection permit

Street collection permit

It's illegal in this country to hold a street collection to collect money or sell articles for a charitable purpose, without obtaining a street collection permit from us (Police, Factories, and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1916.

The permits we issue make sure:

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

Where can I collect?

A permit is needed if you want to collect money for charity in a street or public space. A public place is a place where the public has access. For example, if you are collecting in the foyer of a supermarket which the public would not have access to when the shop is closed, this is not considered to be a public space. This area would then not require a collection licence for a charity collection to take place, only the landowners permission. However, in front of the shop or in the car park would require a permit as the public could access it when the shop is closed.

Please note permits are restricted to enable charities to raise money without their collections clashing with those of other charities. It is our policy to only allow one collection per week in the same area, therefore demand is high.

How to apply

If you have a particular date in mind and wish to check if this date is free, please contact our Customer Information Centre on 01553 616200. And we can then 'reserve this date' and await your application.

To apply for a permit please complete our application online. There is no fee for the issue of a permit. Alternatively you can download our paper application form.

Please note, if you wish to collect on behalf of a charity within the King's Lynn town centre including the regenerated Vancouver Quarter of the town, you will need to first obtain prior permission to do so.  This is from the Vancouver Quarter town centre manager. Please email

Apply for a street collection permit online

What happens next?

Once your application is received and processed we shall issue you with a permit authorising the collection for the applied date and 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.


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

A copy of the Police, Factories, and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1916 can be viewed at the our offices.