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Charity Collections

A Street Collection permit is required for any collection of money or sale of articles for the benefit of charitable purposes which takes place in a street or public place and a House to House permit is required for anyone wishing to conduct a House to House charity collection within the South Holland District council area.

Street Collections

Is a permit always required?

Inside supermarkets and shops are classed as private places and a permit will not be required.  You will need to contact the supermarket in order to get permission to collect.

For collections outside of the store, including car parks, a permit will be required.

What areas can I collect in?

The permit allows you to collect in the centre of the requested town within the South Holland District Council area.

How can I apply for a permit?

If you would like to apply for a permit please contact us on 01775 761161 or by email on licensing@sholland.gov.uk to confirm the date you wish to collect.  There is a restriction on the number of collections we would allow in one town on any day.  We can arrange to post or email an application form to you.

On receipt of your completed application form we will issue your permit.

Once you have finished your collection you are required to insert a statement in the local newspaper to confirm the details of your collection.

Can't find the information you need?  Please contact us on 01775 761161 or by email on licensing@sholland.gov.uk and we will be happy to help.

House to House Collections

A permit is required for anyone wishing to conduct a house to house charity collection.

The permit is issued by South Holland Council under the House to House Collections Act 1939 and can be valid for a maximum of six months.

If you are a charity that holds a Home Office Exemption Certificate you will not need a permit in order to collect on behalf of your charity.

If you do hold an exemption please contact us on 01775 761161 or by email on licensing@sholland.gov.uk to confirm the dates you wish to conduct your collection.  The Cabinet Office maintain a list of all holders of the Home Office Exemption Certificate.

If you would like to apply for a permit please contact us on 01775 761161 or by email on licensing@sholland.gov.uk to confirm the date you wish to collect and we will post or email an application form to you.

On receipt of your completed application form we will issue your permit.  You are required to obtain identity badges and forms from H M Stationery Office.  The Stationery Office will supply these only on receipt of your completed application and permit.  Further details of how to do this will be supplied with your permit.

The Institute of Fundraising have published best practice guidelines for House to House Collections.

Direct Debit Charity Collections

The activities of direct debit mandate collectors on the street (so-called "chuggers") are not regulated by law, and are not therefore subject to any licensing provision.

We would still require you to contact us on 01775 761161 to confirm the date you wish to collect.  We have a limit on the number of collections we would permit in an area on any day.

Can't find the information you need?  Please contact us on 01775 761161 and we will be happy to help.

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