House-to-house collection licence

To carry out house-to-house collections for charitable purposes in England and Wales you need a licence from the local authority.

Please see our House to House Collections Policy (PDF 32K) before applying.

Eligibility criteria

Applications must be in the form prescribed by the local authority.

You must be a fit and proper person.


Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence


Application evaluation process

No provision in the legislation


Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period.


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Failed application redress

  • Please contact us in the first instance.
  • You have the right to appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.
  • Appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the refusal.

Licence holder redress

  • Please contact us in the first instance.
  • You have the right to appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.
  • Appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the decision.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery).

Last updated: 26 October 2017