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Charity collections

Date updated: 1/21/2020

All charitable street and house-to-house collections must be licensed by the City of London Corporation if they are carried out in streets or public spaces within the authority’s geographical area.

A charity collection is defined as a collection of money or sale of articles for the benefit of charitable purposes.

A street collection is a collection made in any street or place that is freely accessible to the public and includes the pavement, parks, supermarkets, shopping precincts and so on. Separate permission is required to collect on rail stations or private business premises and consent should be obtained from the appropriate authorities.

A house-to-house collection is one that takes place from door to door and might involve knocking on people’s doors, including business with collecting tins or posting envelopes through letterboxes and collecting them at a later stage.

If you would like more advice or assistance with an application or licence please contact the licensing team by phone on 020 7332 3406 or send an email to the Licensing Team.