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Street collection permits

Whilst we need to encourage and support people who wish to collect for charity there is a need to protect the community from bogus collectors who may take advantage of people's generosity.


Therefore it is important that before you start collecting money for a charity you contact the Licensing Authority to see if you need a permit.


For the purpose of Street Collections we have divided the district into areas and generally only issue permits to one charity a day in any particular area to ensure that collections do not clash and also to ensure that the public aren't harassed by more than one collector.
There is no cost for the issuing of consent but there are rules to be followed in applying. Applications should be made to the Licensing Authority at least one month prior to the proposed collection date, this enables the Licensing Authority adequate time to carry out the appropriate checks.
The purpose of the legal requirement to obtain consent is to ensure collectors are properly authorised and that money is collected in a secure way and the total proceeds collected are properly accounted for.

Consultation on draft Street Collection Policy - 1 May to 31 July 2014


The Licensing Authority of Scarborough Borough Council is responsible for issuing street collection permits in relation to charitable causes.  It is now time to revise the current procedures and guidance originally approved in 2011 to enable the adoption of a clear and transparent policy with regard to all street collections within the Borough.  The draft has been approved by the Licensing Committee and Cabinet for public consultation and it is available to view here.


If you would like to make any comments please click on the link -


Application Evaluation Process 


Applications should be submitted to the Licensing Authority by the first of the month prior to the month

of collection i.e. if the collection was on the 21 April; the application would need submitting by the 1

March. The Local Authority may accept applications with less notice if it is satisfied there are special



In order to allow as many charities/organisations as possible an opportunity of collection, no

charity/organisation will be granted more than two collections per calendar year in each locality. Each permit will be issued for no more than one week.


Localities where Permits will be granted are:





Outlying Villages


Where the Permit is for more than one day applicants will be expected to collect on all days

specified in the application form or contact the Council to amend their Permit in order to allow

other collectors to apply for these dates.


Applications for a proposed street collection made more than 6 months in advance will not be considered with the exception of applications for events that in the opinion of the Head of Environmental Services justify the need for a permit to be issued more than 6 months in advance and national campaign weeks.


All application forms must be accompanied by a letter from the charity or organisation being

promoted stating the charity/organisation authorises the applicant to collect and must include

the following information:-


  • The full name and address of the applicant stated in the application form
  • The date of the proposed collection
  • The letter must be dated no more than 2 months prior to the date your application is submitted to the Licensing Authority
  • The charity must also acknowledge in the letter that they will send the Licensing Authority a receipt of all monies received from the collector within 1 month of the date of the collection


Within one month after the date of any collection the individual to whom the Permit has been

granted shall forward to the Council:


  • a Statement of Income and Expenditure provided by the Licensing Authority (attached to theback of the application form) showing the amount received and the expenses and paymentsincurred in connection with such a collection. This shall be certified by the applicant aneither an accountant or an independent responsible person acceptable to the LicensingAuthority who shall be a person of good standing within the community with financial experience;
  • a list of collectors; and
  • a list of the amounts contained in each collecting box and shall, if required by the Licensing Authority, satisfy it as to the proper application of the proceeds of the collection.


Further information can be found in the application pack.



Please refer to the House to House page for information relating to house to house collections


Apply online

Regulation Summary

Will Tacit Consent Apply?


Failed Application & Permit Holder Redress

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

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). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.


What is a Street Collection?
A Street Collection is where money is collected for the benefit of a charity in a street or public place. It takes the form of a Single Point Collection where only one location is designated for that collection or a Multiple Point Collection where numerous locations are designated for a particular collection.
Is there a fee for a Street collection?
No fee is charged for a street collection.
How do I know if my chosen time and date is available?
You would need to contact the Licensing authority who will be able to tell you if your chosen date and time would clash with another collection.
How much notice do I have to give before I have a street collection?
At least one month but no more than 6 months notice is required.
A to Z of Services


The Licensing Authority
Scarborough Borough Council
Town Hall
St. Nicholas Street
North Yorkshire
YO11 2HG
Tel: 01723 232323
Fax: 01723 365280

LGNL: 647

Scarborough Borough Council,Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire. YO11 2HG
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