Street and house-to-house collections

Permission may be required to carry out a charitable collection in a public place including street collections and house-to-house collections.

Street collection

A permit is required to collect money or sell articles in a street or public place for charitable purposes. A return to show how much money was raised must be sent to the Council within one month from the date of collection. There is no registration fee.

You may also need to obtain permission from the land owner to collect on private property. Specifically for collections in Hersham Green Shopping Centre, you should contact the Property Management Company on 0203 258 4038.

Apply for a street collection permit online or download a street collection return form.

House-to-house collections

Door to door charitable collections of clothing, money or direct debits require a licence. Licence holders must issue collectors with a collectors' badge and send a return to the Council detailing income and expenditure within one month of the collection. There is no registration fee.

Apply for a house-to-house collection licence online or download a house-to-house collection return form.

Once we have issued a licence the promoter can then apply for the collectors’ badges from the Stationery Office website that must be on show when collecting.

Some charities are covered by a National Exemption Order and do not need to apply for a licence.

Policies for street and house-to-house collections

Essential information if you are thinking of applying for a permit

Download our street collection and house-to-house collection policies.

Need to know if a location in Elmbridge and date for you proposed collection is available?
Want to know if a collection taking place nearby is authorised?
Check our register of permits issued.

The register shows all permits issued where National Exemption Orders do not apply.

Register Disclaimer: The Register is updated approximately every 24 hours. No responsibility can be taken for any errors or omissions in licensing information obtained and no liability can be accepted for loss or damage arising from use of information obtained from this site.

If you have any reason to suspect that the information contained in the register is incorrect, please contact us by email immediately so that the matter can be investigated and any corrections made as soon as reasonably practical.

If you have any queries regarding street or house to house collections please contact us.

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