House to house charity collections includes going house to house to collect donations, or collections of unwanted property such as clothes and toys.

To apply for a house to house collection permit, you will need to:

  • download and fill in your application form (you will need to right click on the PDF to save it to your device, not just open it, and have the latest version of Adobe Reader to view the document)
  • upload your completed application form at least three months before your proposed collection date
  • only hold one house to house collection permit during any given calendar year (1 January to 31 December)
  • include either the constitution of the charity you are collecting for, or a letter of consent from them authorising your collection

If you are having trouble downloading the application form, you can read our guidance.

Within one month of your collection, you need to supply a house to house collection return, to inform us of:

  • how much you collected
  • any expenses you incurred
  • how the charity are using the proceeds

To supply a house to house collection return, you will need to:

If you are having trouble downloading the application form, you can read our guidance.

You also need to publish a statement within one month of the collection. The statement needs to include:

  • who was responsible for the collection or sale
  • the charity or fund the money was donated to
  • the date of the collection or sale
  • the amount you collected
  • your expenses
  • the amount you donated to the charity

If you carry out house to house collections without a permit, you could receive a:

  • prison sentence of up to six months
  • fine of up to £1,000

You could also receive a fine of up to £200 if you don't give your details to a police officer if they ask for them.

In some circumstances, such as national disasters or global appeals, we can process collection applications more quickly. You can contact us for further information.

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