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.

  • Do I need a street collection permit?

    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.

  • How to apply

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

    There is no cost for the issuing of consent but there are rules to be followed in applying.  There is a restriction of 40 street collections per year within the Winchester City Centre, albeit no such restriction applies outside of Winchester City Centre.

    Please note that no completed booking application form for the next calendar year will be received any earlier than 1st October of the previous year, after which preference will be given to those charities, as set out in the Policy or as the case may be on a ‘first come first served’ basis.   

    For more information on how we administer Street Collections, please click on the Street Collections Policy and Street Collection Conditions links, on the right hand side of this web page.

  • Requirements once a street collection has taken place

    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.
  • Contact information

    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 on the right-hand-side.