Street collections licence
Last updated: 28/12/2012
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Any person who intends to either collect money or sell articles
for the benefit of charitable or other purposes in any street or
public place requires a street collection permit from Cornwall
Council as the licensing authority.
A street includes any highway or public bridge, road lane,
footway, square, court, alley, or passage, whether a thoroughfare
or not. Public place includes any area which the public have
It is Cornwall Council's interpretation of the Police,
Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916, that direct
debit fund-raising is not caught by the Act.
Each of the former district councils adopted Regulations which
prescribe certain rules for the conduct of collections in the
former district areas. These regulations can be obtained from
your local licensing office. Cornwall Council is in the
process of making one unified set of regulations to cover street
collections across the county.
The council has produced guidance
notes which explain the circumstances in which a permit is
required from Cornwall Council as the licensing authority and the
duties imposed on persons promoting or taking part in such
The Cornwall Council, in order to share available dates between
a number of organisations, will allocate dates according to various
area policies (which are based on arrangements in place prior to a
unitary authority). Please note that Cornwall Council is
currently considering adopting one policy to cover the whole of
Cornwall and the website will be updated when a new policy is
adopted. Please contact the licensing service for
Applying for a licence
Prior to making an application you will need to check
availability of the date/s you require with the licensing
Applications for a licence must be made in the prescribed form
to the licensing authority not later than the first day of the
month before the month when it is proposed the collection will take
Please follow the link below to apply online or download an
Apply for a street collection licence
Within 28 days after your street collection, you are required to
submit a return form. Please click the link below to download
a return form or submit the return online.
Submit a street collection return form
Please send postal forms to Licensing, Cornwall
Council One Stop Shop, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne, TR14 8SX.
How will my application be processed?
Your application will be referred to the Police for
comment. If there are no objections to the application then
an officer of the licensing service can issue the permit.
If an officer is not able to determine the application then it
will be referred to the appropriate Committee of the Council for a
hearing of the application. If the application is refused you
will be advised of the decision in writing. The committee's
decision is final and there is no right of appeal.
Tacit consent applies to these
applications. This means once that if you have not
received a response from licensing services within 28 days, you can
assume your application is granted.
Please note however that you must be in possession of a licence to
carry out a collection. Licences are issued in the month
before a collection date. If your collection date is
approaching and you have not received a licence please contact
There is no fee charged for street collection applications.
Please contact us via email or telephone to discuss your
Complaints about collectors
If you have a complaint about a collector then please contact
licensing services in the first instance. We will try to
assist you or direct you to the appropriate organisation.
Additional information on street collections can be found on the