Promoters of charitable street collections due to take place in
the Dacorum area must hold a street collection permit issued by the
Council. Collections will include both standard collections, where
volunteers collect cash donations in sealed containers, and sales
of goods for charitable purposes.
Dacorum has made Regulations under the Police,
Factories, etc (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916, to
regulate charitable collections of this type.
Applying for a permit
Applications for permits must be made using the prescribed form,
specifying the proposed collection location(s) and date(s), and the
details of the charity or cause which will benefit from the
collection. Applications should be submitted at
least one month prior to the proposed
collection date. We will only consider late applications for
collections relating to urgent matters - for example disaster
relief appeals where the full notice period could not be given.
We aim to ensure that only one group is collecting in any area
on any day, to ensure that charities get the maximum benefit from
their collections. To check if a particular area is available on a
certain date, prior t making your application, please contact us
using the details at the bottom of this page.
On receipt of an application, we will review and consider the
details given. We may refuse an application on any of the following
- the collection would not comply with the Council's Regulations
for street collections,
- any proposed payments appear to the council to be
- collections have already been permitted in the locations
applied for on or around the times requested,
- the charity has carried out an excessive number of collections
in the area recently (so as to ensure that as many charities
as possible are able to hold collections),
- the applicant is not a fit and proper person, by virtue
of previous convictions for fraud or dishonesty
- during previous collections, the applicant failed to ensure
that the collection complied with the regulations, or
- the applicant has neglected or refused to provide all relevant
information in connection with the application.
We will aim to process all applications within 28 days of
receipt. Tacit consent will apply to this application type, meaning
that you will be able to act as though your application is
granted if you have not heard from us after 28 days.
Carrying out collections
If an application is granted, we will issue a permit allowing
the collection to take place. The permit will specify the date,
times and location of the permitted collection, and you must not
collect monies outside of these times, or at any
All collections must be carried out in accordance with the
Regulations made by the Council.
Dacorum Borough Council's
Charitable Street Collection Regulations (63 kb)
The Regulations include the following requirements:
- All collectors must be authorised in writing by the promoter to
take part in the collection,
- Collectors must be at least 16 years old,
- Every collector must carry a sealed, numbered container
for donations, clearly marked with the charity's name,
- Collectors must not inconvenience or annoy any person,
- Collectors must remain stationary, and each collector (or pair
of collectors) must be at least 25m away from other
- Collections may not take place in the roadway (unless
specifically authorised in connection with a procession),
- Collectors cannot be paid.
Following a collection, a statement of accounts, showing the
monies raised from the collection and how those proceeds were
dispersed, must be submitted to us within one month of the expiry
of the permit. Details of the collection must also be published in
a local newspaper.
Direct debit collections
In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards
direct debit collections, where collectors ask for
a regular donation by way of direct debit or standing
As we currently understand the law, collections of this type
fall outside the current licensing system - only those collections
involving cash donations require permission from the council.
Although new controls have been proposed by the Government for a
number of years, they have not, at the present time, been brought
We are closely monitoring developments in this area, and we
would appreciate any feedback in respect of collections of
this type - good or bad. We may then be able to refer to those
comments during any future Government consultations on the
regulation of this activity. Please send any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a complaint about a street collection, we would
advise that in the first instance you contact the collection's
organiser (or beneficiary charity). The best way to do this is by
sending a letter with proof of delivery.
If that has not worked and you are located in the UK,
the Citizens Advice
Bureau may be able to provide assistance (or
the UK European Consumer Centre, if you are
outside the UK).
If you believe that an unlicensed collection may have taken
place, or if a collection has been carried out in breach of the
regulations, please contact us with the details, and we will
Telephone: 01442 228860