If you want to collect money or sell articles in any street or public place within Richmondshire, for the benefit of charitable or other purposes, then you must hold a street collection permit issued to you by Richmondshire District Council. The purpose of the permit system is to ensure that only one street collection is undertaken on any one day in any one location.
Sponsored walks do not need a permit but “moving collections” such as carnival processions and events which involve collecting from the public along a route will require a permit.
Within 1 month after the collection you will be required to forward a statement detailing the list of collectors, the amount collected and the expenses and payments incurred.
You are strongly advised to contact the Licensing Team before you submit an application for a proposed collection date to make sure that it is available. Alternative dates can also be discussed before the application is made.
Summary of legislation
The Police, Factories & c (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916 can be found here.
Regulations made by Richmondshire District Council under section 5 of the above Act can be found here. The Council’s Street Collection Policy can be found here.
Who needs to notify/apply
How do I apply?
You can complete an online application form which can be found here. Alternatively you may download an application form available here and forward it to the address given below.
Applications should be made not later than 1 month before the date on which it is proposed to make the collection. They must be accompanied by written authority from the charity for which the collection is intended.
Preference is given to applications that are local in nature. The Council reserves the right to make more detailed enquiries about your application in certain circumstances, including with the Police.
After the collection has been held, a Statement of Returns form detailing the amount collected, and any expenses incurred, needs to be submitted to the Council within one month. The Statement of Return will be checked for completeness. Where there is an issue or outstanding information relating to the return, the permit holder will be contacted within 5 working days. Alternatively there is no further action.
The Statement of Return can be found here. If you do not want to submit your return online, you can download a form here and forward it to the Council at the address given below.
How long will it take to consider the notification/application?
Once all the relevant information on the application form has been correctly completed, the Council aims to determine the application within 5 working days of receipt of the application. However, certain applications may require further information to be provided which may extend this period.
How much will it cost to notify/apply?
No fees are charged for this permit.
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 us by the end of a maximum of 30 working days.
If my application is refused, how do I appeal?
There is currently no provision in the legislation for refusal. However, please contact the licensing Team at Richmondshire District Council in the first instance. If you are refused a permit you may refer the decision to the Council’s Licensing Committee for a decision.
What if I have a complaint or concern?
There is no public register of permits granted.
For further information
For further details of the requirements relating to street collection permits please read the Regulations and Street Collection Policy.
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