House to House Collections

Below are some frequently asked questions about House to House Collections. To view the guidance or download an application form please see attachments at the bottom of this page.

Why do I need a licence?

To carry out house-to-house collections for charitable purposes you need a licence from the local authority.

What will I have to do?

Applications must be in the form prescribed by the local authority. You must be a fit and proper person.

What does the application process involve?

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence can be found under external links at the bottom of this page.

What happens in the application evaluation process?

Your application will be assessed and may be refused for a number of reasons, particularly if there is a concern that an insufficient amount of the proceeds will be used for charitable purposes.

Will Tacit Consent apply?

No.  You must receive approval before undertaking your collection.

Can I make my application online?

See external links at the bottom of the page.

What can I do if my application fails?

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.
You have the right to appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.
Appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the refusal.

What can I do if I'm unhappy about the licence conditions?

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.
You have the right to appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.
Appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the decision.

How can I make a complaint?

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the charity/organisation 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 (see external links at the bottom of this page) will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre (see external links at the bottom of this page).

Are there other types of redress?

No.

Are there any trade associations?

Institute of Fund-raising (see external links at the bottom of this page)