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To collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes in England or Wales, you require a street collection licence from your local council.
No provision in the legislation
A summary of the regulation relating to this licence
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.
Apply to run a charitable collection
Street Collection Permit - Returns
House to House collections- Account of Expenses, Proceeds and Application of Proceeds of Collection of Money
Notify us of the result of a charitable collection
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.
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