Licence - Street Collection

Business Licences and Street Trading

It is illegal in this country to hold a Street Collection to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes without obtaining a Street Collection Licence from the Council if that collection is to be held 'in a street or public place'. A 'public place' is a 'place where the public has access'.

Street Collections are only permitted in certain areas of Stafford, Eccleshall and Stone within Stafford Borough. Street Collections must be carried out on a Saturday. 

Licence Summary

To collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes in England or Wales, you require a street collection licence from your local council.

Street Collections are only permitted in certain areas of Stafford, Eccleshall and Stone within Stafford Borough. Street Collections must be carried out on a Saturday.

There is no cost for the issuing of consent but there are rules to be followed in applying. Street Collections are usually made by Charities. Collections usually take place in a town centre on busy shopping days. Money is collected in tins. There are regulations which govern this type of collection. Consents are restricted to enable charities to raise money without their collections clashing with those of other charities.

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.

Stafford Borough Council policy on Street Collections - Street Collection Policy

Conditions apply to Street Collections in Stafford Street Collection Conditions

Street Collections are only permitted in certain areas of Stafford, Eccleshall and Stone within Stafford Borough. Street Collections must be carried out on a Saturday.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Street Collection Conditions

Street Collection Policy

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 the local authority by the end of the target completion period

Apply online

Apply to run a charitable collection

Notify us of the result of a charitable collection

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Licensing Section on 01785 619402 in the first instance.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact the Licensing Section on 01785 619402 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, Citizen's Advice will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

Eg about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another. Please contact the Licensing Section on 01785 619402 in the first instance.

FAQ

Why do I need a licence?

Do I need a licence to collect on a car park?

How much does a licence cost?

Forms and Guidance

Why do I need a licence?

It is illegal in this country to hold a Street Collection to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes without obtaining a Street Collection Licence from the Council if that collection is to be held 'in a street or public place'. A 'public place' is a 'place where the public has access'. TOP

Do I need a licence to collect on a car park?

Yes, a car park, when it is open is a 'public place' because the public has access at that time. TOP

How much does a licence cost?

There is no cost for the issuing of consent but there are rules to be followed in applying. Street Collections are usually made by Charities. Collections usually take place in a town centre on busy shopping days. Money is collected in tins. There are regulations, which govern this type of collection. Consents are restricted to enable charities to raise money without their collections clashing with those of other charities. TOP

Forms and Guidance

Street Collection Conditions

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Contact
Tel: 01785 619402
Fax: 01785 619319
Email: ehadmin@staffordbc.gov.uk
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