Apply for a house to house charity collection licence

You'll need a licence if you want to collect money or goods from someone's home for charity.

This includes collecting and redistributing canned food for charity sales.

There is no fee for the licence.

Who should apply

You must apply if you’re a:

  • small charity
  • local group, for example, scouts or girl guides

Fines if you do not get a licence

If you don’t get a licence before starting house-to-house collections you could face up to 6 months in prison or a fine of up to £1,000.

What you'll need

You'll need to confirm if:

  • you're applying as a business or individual
  • the collection will be donated to charity or not
  • the benefits of the collection benefit the organisation (or another organisation)
  • you've applied previously
  • you or someone associated has been convicted of a crime or offence

How to apply

House to house collection licences can be valid for anything up to 1 year.

If your application is denied

You should contact [email protected] if your licence is denied.

Supply a return for a house collection

You must submit a returns form to us after the collection, showing:

  • the amount of money collected
  • a list of the collectors

If more than £400 was collected, a notice must go in the local paper.

Help with your application

If you need any help with your application, email [email protected].