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Street collection permit

If you plan to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes, you may require a Street Collection Permit from us.

The Police, Factories (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916 and the Street Collection Regulations set out the law with regards to Street Collection permits.



If you wish to collect money or sell articles in any street (which includes any highway, public bridge, road, lane, footway, square, court, alley or passageway whether a thoroughfare or not) or public place for charitable purposes within the Sheffield City boundary, then you must obtain street collection permit from us.

No permit is required for:

  • any collection at a meeting in the open air, or
  • the selling of articles in the ordinary course of trade (Regulation 17)

Collections can only be made on the days and times as stated on the issued Permit.

If any person is assisting you in the collection, they can only do so with the written authorisation of the promoter; however no person under the age of 16 years is permitted to act as a collector.

Once a collection has taken place, you must submit the Form of Statement, below, also known as a return, to us giving an account of the monies raised.

We would advise you to contact us prior to submitting your form as the date and location you are applying for may already have been booked.



There are no costs involved in applying for a Street Collection Permit.


Eligibility criteria

A completed application form must be submitted to us at least 28 days prior to your proposed collection date.


Regulation summary

The power to regulate street collections and to issue licences is contained in the Police, Factories, etc (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916.


Application process

If you wish to undertake a street collection, you must first contact us to establish whether the area and the date you would like to collect is available.

A large number of charities use the public spaces in Sheffield to make charitable collections and the fairest way to coordinate this is by a booking in system on a first come first served basis.

We must receive a completed application form before we can book the area for you as provisional bookings over the telephone cannot be taken.

Please enclose a letter of authority from the charity, which states that you have been authorised to do the charity work.

It is our policy to allow only 1 collection in a location at any one time.

We must receive the completed application form at least 28 days prior to the required collection date.

It is advisable to submit your application as soon as practicable to ensure no delay is made should your application be referred to our Licensing Committee.


Timescales / how we will notify you

Your application will not be automatically granted as it is in the public interest that your application is processed before it can be granted to ensure public security and that applications are not fraudulent.

 If you have not heard from us within 14 days of submitting your application, please contact us.

We reserve the right to make more detailed enquiries about your application in certain circumstances. This could include requesting that the applicant or any other person associated with the organisation submits a disclosure of unspent criminal convictions at our request.


Apply for a permit

Note: when you click the links above, you will be redirected to the GOV.UK website. You are required to create a Government Gateway account before you can proceed with your application.

If you would prefer, you can contact us for an application pack, or you may print an application form and other documents and send them to us through the post or bring them to our reception.

For details of our postal address, how to find our reception and reception opening times please contact us.



Please contact us.

There is no statutory right of appeal against the refusal of a Street Collection Permit. Should you wish to challenge the Licensing Authorities decision, you will have to apply to the High Court for a review of the decision.


Complaints and comments

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the promoter - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery).

If that has not worked and you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.


Related website

Charity Commission.


European Economic Area

We are part of the European network for delivering information relating to doing business in the European Economic Area.

Full information on the EU Services Directive and Points of Single Contact for other member states, from the European Commission.

  • Modified: Nov 4, 2014 10:05:18 AM