Street Collection Permit

A Street Collection Permit is required to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of a charity, in a street or public place.


It is illegal in this country to hold a Street Collection to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes without obtaining a Street Collection Licence from the Council if that collection is to be held 'in a street or public place'. A 'public place' is a 'place where the public has access'.

It is often assumed that collections can be held in shop doorways or car parks and do not need a Street Collection Licence because they are being held on 'privately owned land'. This is not true, as the legislation does not mention the ownership of the land or street collections on 'privately owned land' as exempt from the licensing regulations. A shop doorway or car park, when that shop is open for trading, is a 'public place' because the public has access at that time, therefore will require a licence. If any collections take place within the shop, a permit is not required.

The purpose of the legal requirement to obtain consent is to ensure collectors are properly authorised and that money is collected in a secure way and the total proceeds collected are properly accounted for.


To apply for a street collection permit, please complete the form attached and send to the address below. If you would like to check the availablilty, please contact the Licensing team on the details below.

Bookings for 2017 will not be taken until 1st September 2016.

There is no cost for the issuing of consent but there are rules to be followed in applying. Please see the conditions below for more information.

There is a restriction of 36 street collections per year within the Winchester City Centre. We have now reached this limit for 2016. No restriction applies for outside of the Winchester City Centre.


Within one month after the date of any collection the person to whom the permit has been granted shall forward to the Winchester City Council:

  • A completed statement found attached below showing the amount received and the expenses and payments incurred in connection with such collection, and certified by the person and either a qualified accountant or an independent responsible person acceptable to Winchester City Council.
  • A list of the collectors.
  • A list of the amounts contained in each collection box.
  • Within the same period above, a statement showing the name of the person to whom the permit has been granted, the area of the collection, the amount collected, and the amount of the expenses and payments incurred in connection with the collection shall be published in the local newspaper where the collection has taken place.


For further information, please contact the Licensing Department on 01962 848 238 or email

Please send all applications to:

Licensing Department
Winchester City Council
Colebrook Street
SO23 9LJ

Please make all cheques payable to Winchester City Council.

The application form and conditions are below: