House to house collection permits
Permission must be granted by the local authority before a house
to house collection can take place. Application should be made to
the local authority with sufficient notice prior to the date on
which the collection is due to take place.
House to House collections for charitable,
benevolent or philanthropic purposes are required to be licensed by
the Licensing Authority which is Scarborough Borough Council.
House to House collections involves the collection of money,
clothing or household items from house to house.
Collections generally take place from door to door. Some of
the larger well-known charities such as Christian Aid, Help the
Aged etc, have a Charity Commission exemption from having to apply
for a a licence, but by and large most of the smaller, and
particularly local groups and organisations need a permit before
they can collect money (or articles which they intend to sell
later), from door to door.
Wherever possible, two or more organisations
shall not be permitted to collect in the same area on the same day.
All applications will be dealt with on a first come first served
In general, organisations shall not be permitted to hold more
than four collections throughout the District or part thereof
during one calendar year. In addition licences shall normally be
issued for a maximum period of one week.
The Licensing Authority operates a diary
system to administer collections; therefore the applicant is
encouraged to contact the Licensing Authority before submitting an
application in order to check the available dates for any
collection. Dates cannot however be reserved.
Applications are to be made in writing on the
form provided together with the information requested. Where
possible, the use of electronic forms will be encouraged.
Applications must be received no later than
the first day of the month preceding that in which the collection
is proposed. In order for the necessary checks to be carried out
for the permit to be issued, it is advised that applications are
submitted a minimum of 3 months before the proposed date of
collection. Any applications received less than the 28 days before
the proposed first date of collection will be declined. This
requirement may be waivered in exceptional circumstances at the
discretion of the Director of Service Delivery or Licensing
The following information must be submitted
with the application:
- Literature about the organisation including
the objectives of the charitable cause. Where the collection is for
a local cause, full details of that cause or event.
- Copy of published accounts for the last two
- Copy of statement of accounts from the last
three or four collections carried out (including collections held
in other Licensing Authority areas);
- Letter from the charitable organisation
authorising you to undertake a collection on their behalf, if you
are not an official of the organisation; and
- An agreement or contract details with any
registered charity or individual benefiting from this
Applications will be considered on receipt
and, where appropriate, additional information may be requested
from the applicant to assist in determining the application. The
failure to provide adequate information in the application form or
upon request will result in a refusal or a delay in consideration
until any outstanding information has been provided.
Applications will be considered by the
Licensing Authority on their respective merits and the Licensing
Authority will either:
(a) Issue a permit specifying the
requested date and location; or
(b) Refuse to issue a permit on
the statutory grounds.
The Licensing Authority can refuse or revoke a
licence for various reasons including:
- To limit the number of collections in line
with this Policy.
- If too high a proportion of the proceeds is
likely to be spent on expenses
- If not enough of the proceeds are to be given
to the charity or cause
- If incorrect information was provided on the
- If additional information was not provided
- If the promoter or any other person involved
in the collection has been convicted of certain criminal offences
i.e. burglary, blackmail or fraud or any offence committed under
There is a right of appeal to the Minister for
the Cabinet Office against the refusal or revocation of a licence
within 14 days from the date on which the notice is given of the
refusal or revocation.
During the collection, the promoter must
ensure that collectors are ‘fit and proper’ persons and that they
comply with the regulations.
As soon as possible after the date of any
collection (no later than one month after the collection), the
promoter must forward to the Licensing Authority a financial return
form showing details of the monies collected.
Applications must be in the form prescribed by the local
You must be a fit and proper person.
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.
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.
E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder
complain about another.