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Charity collection permits

If you wish to collect for charities, either on our city/town streets or house-to-house, you will need a permit. For further information, please contact the licensing team by calling 01543 308073 or email

Charitable collections policy 2018 consultation

We have responsibility for licensing charitable collections within the district. Charitable collections consist of two categories - street collections and house to house collections. 

Currently we do not have a policy covering charitable collections in the district, meaning we cannot effectively regulate house to house collections. We have produced a draft charitable collections which sets out what we expect from charities and what the public and charities can expect from us. 

The policy introduces our local requirements, sets out administrative procedures and ensures residents wishing to donate are able to do so in good faith knowing that an adequate proportion of their donation will directly benefit the charity. The policy should also help to avoid street collectors becoming a nuisance for residents and visitors to the district.

Charitable collections licensing is regulated by two acts of parliament. These are the ‘Police, Factories, etc., (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916’, which regulates collections of money or sales of articles for charitable purposes in streets and public places and ‘The House to House Collections Act 1939’ which regulates collections of money or other articles made by means of going from house to house. Charities must obtain a permit or licence from us before a charitable collection takes place.

We want your views

A draft charitable collections policy has been approved by our regulatory and licensing committee and now we would like your views. If you would like to take part in our consultation please view the draft policy and respond by 12 April 2019 at 5pm. We would be pleased to receive your comments either by email or in writing to:

Senior Licensing Officer
Lichfield District Council
District Council House
Frog Lane
WS13 6YU

You will need to provide you name and address in your response and this may be made public. If you do not wish your identity to be divulged, please make this clear in your response.

If you require any further information please contact us on 01543 308138.

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