Charitable collections policy


We are responsible for licensing charitable collections within Lichfield District. Charitable collections fall into two categories:

  • house to house collections for money or property
  • street collections, which include collections for cash or the sale of articles in the street.

If articles are sold for any form of personal gain or as a commercial activity then a street trading consent will be required.

The licensing of charitable collections is regulated by two separate acts of parliament:

  • The Police, Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916 as amended by schedule 29 of the Local Government Act 1972 which regulates collections of money or sales of articles for charitable purposes in street and public places
  • The House to House Collections Act 1939 which regulates collections of money or other articles made by means of going from house to house.

Both acts give us powers to write regulations and policies to control charitable collections.

This policy forms our charitable collections policy (“local policy”) that will apply to street and house to house collection activities in the Lichfield District area.