Charitable collections licence

If you want to organise a charitable collection you will need to get the correct licence from the licensing authority. In West Suffolk, there are two licensing authorities, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council. You will need to apply to the local authority that covers the area where you want to collect. If you do not know who that is, visit Gov.UK, find your local council 

There are two types of licences available:

House to house collection licence

You will need this if you intend to approach people at their homes. You will need to apply four weeks before the proposed collection date. There is no charge for this licence.

When a licence has been issued we will supply you with an order form for The Stationary Office. You will have to order 'certificates of authority' and official collection badges which all your collectors must have. There are charges for these which will be on the order form.

Once you have completed your collection you will need to submit a return within one month to the licensing authority.

To apply for a licence or submit a return, select the form from the relevant licensing authority:

Forest Heath District Council

St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Street collection licence

You will need this if you want to approach people on the street. You will need to apply for this at least ten working days before the proposed collection date.  There is no charge for this licence.

Once you have completed your collection you will need to file a return to the licensing authority. The return needs to be signed by an accountant and detail any expenses. You will need to submit a return within one month of the collection.

To apply for a licence or submit a return, select the form from the relevant licensing authority:

Forest Heath District Council

St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Does tacit authorisation apply?
Yes, a decision should be reached within 28 days.