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House-to-house collections licence

To carry out house-to-house collections for charitable purposes you must apply to us for a licence.

What legislation applies?

  • House to House Collections Regulations 1947 (as amended).

What are the conditions of the licence?

  • You must be a fit and proper person
  • You must provide details of the collection date or dates, location and what is being collected (whether money or articles to sell, giveaway or re-use).
  • The collection must be for charitable purposes.
  • Applications must be made at least one calendar month before the first date of collection.

How will my application be determined?

You will be 'subject access checked' by West Midlands Police to ensure that you are a fit and proper person to undertake a house-to-house collection.

Approval for a collection is subject to suitable dates and locations being available.

How much will it cost?

There is currently no charge for a house-to-house collection licence.

How do I apply?


Before you apply, please ensure that you download, read and understand the guidance notes below:

Application form

Completed application forms should be returned to the address below.

pdf icon Application Form for House to House Collections [59kb]
pdf icon Guidance - House to House Collections [48kb]

Do I need to provide further information or evidence?

Yes. You must provide a:

  • letter of authorisation from the charity giving permission for you to collect on their behalf
  • leaflet or letter giving details of the aims and works of the charity (new applications only)
  • booklet or leaflet outlining the aims of the organisation (professional fundraisers only).

How long will it take you to process my application?

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 5 working days.

If acknowledgement of receipt of your application has not been received within 5 days, contact us.

We will process your application and tell you the outcome within 12 weeks. Applications must be made at least 1 calendar month before the first date of the collection.

If you do not supply the correct information your application will be rejected.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes, tacit consent will apply. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the 12 week target completion period.

Contact us

You can enquire at the Civic Centre reception desk from Monday to Thursday, 8:30am to 5pm and Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Please complete our general enquiry form providing as much information as you can to enable us to respond as quickly as possible.

Or write to:

Regulatory Services
Regeneration and Environment
City of Wolverhampton Council
Civic Centre, St. Peter's Square