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Street collections

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 licence: £ Free

Public Notice regarding amendment to Bedford Borough Council Regulations, November 2011

An application for a permit shall be made in writing not later than one month before the date on which it is proposed to make the collection.

Downloadable forms

Please note that the online version of the form is not currently available.

To download our current Street Collection Application Form, Conditions and Guidance Notes, please click on the links below:

GDPR and Privacy Statements

The full Privacy Statement for Charitable Collections and Societies Lotteries can be viewed here

Authorised Street Collections Register

Street Collections licence in more detail

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 

Eligibility Criteria 

No provision in the legislation

Regulation Summary 

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application Evaluation Process 

No provision in the legislation

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 of 10 working days.

Apply online (You will need Version 9 (or higher) of Adobe Reader

Please not that the online version on our website is currently not available.

Alternatively you can use a national portal (GOV.UK - if you have already registered to do so):
Apply to run a charitable collection. You will need to submit additional documentation in support of your application (including a letter of authority from the charity for which you are collecting)

Failed Application Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact your Local Authority 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, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre

Other Redress

None

Trade Associations

None

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