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Charity Collections

Charity Collections

Who needs to apply?

To conduct a charity collection in North Lincolnshire you must apply for a permit/licence. This should be done as far in advance as possible (up to a year) but a  minimum of 28 days before any collection date.

Permits/Licences are granted according to availability and previous permissions.

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 All documents supporting this application must be supplied within 3 working days, otherwise the application may be deemed incomplete and be rejected. The application process will not commence until all information has been received.

It is illegal to hold street collections such as collecting money or selling articles for charity or other purposes, in a public place, without obtaining a Street Collection permit from the council first. If such collections are contained within private property (for example, shop doorsteps or car parks etc) this permit is not applicable.

Street Collection permits are under Section five of the Police, Factories, etc (Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1916), as amended by the Local Government Act 1972 and Schedule 29 of that Act.

Permits are then granted according to:

  • Availability

  • Previous permissions

In exceptional circumstances, such as a local or national tragedy, applications may be submitted to the head of the council's Technical and Environment Service. They may also be submitted to the chair of the licensing committee. These are based at Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe.

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All documents supporting this application must be supplied within 3 working days, otherwise the application may be deemed incomplete and be rejected. The application process will not commence until all information has been received.   

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House to House Collections Act 1939

 All documents supporting this application must be supplied within 3 working days, otherwise the application may be deemed incomplete and be rejected. The application process will not commence until all information has been received.

It is illegal to undertake a "house-to-house" collection without a licence from the council. Nor should a collector bother any person to the extent of annoying them. And they shouldn't remain in, or at the door of any house after being asked to leave.

The promoter of a collection must return a form of statement detailing the proceeds and expenses of the collection.

Door to door collection of money and/or goods must have permission from one of the following:

  • Home Office - Large national charities collecting nation-wide may be granted an exemption order. It is recommended that they notify the council when collecting in a specific area. But they are under no obligation to do so.

  • Police - People can apply to the police for a certificate of exemption to carry out very small collections for local charities. The police notify the council of any exemption certificates they issue.

  • Council - All other collections need a licence from the council. For example, a collection from pub to pub would need a licence. The council can only refuse licences on specific grounds. The person authorised to hold the collection must issue all collectors with identification badges and authority to collect.

Downloadable forms

 

All documents supporting this application must be supplied within 3 working days, otherwise the application may be deemed incomplete and be rejected. The application process will not commence until all information has been received.

  

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Contact details

licensing@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 297750

Licensing
PO Box 42
Church Square House
Scunthorpe
DN15 6XQ

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday:

9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm

Friday:

9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.00pm

Last updated: 10/07/2015
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