If you collect money for a charity or organisation in a public place (on public or private land) you'll need a street collection permit.
Apply for a street collection permit
To apply for street collection permit complete a:
- mobile street collection permit application form if you intend to follow a route whilst collecting
- static street collection permit application form if you're going to stay in one place whilst collecting
Return your form to Licensing Service at least 28 days before the collection is due to take place.
Allow at least another 7 working days for your application to be processed.
There is no cost for a street collection permit, but you do have to follow the street collection regulations.
The 'booking diary' opens on 1 August each year for the following year's collections.
The following restrictions apply to street collections:
- you're allowed 4 street collections per year
- only 1 street collection can take place on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday within York city centre
Additional permission for street collections
You may also need:
- a house to house collection licence - if you collect money, clothing or textiles from offices, pubs, residential houses, etc
- street trading consent - if you are selling items for charity (specifically when all proceeds, or part of proceeds, go to charity)
To collect on private land you'll need permission from the land owner.