Charity collection licence

If you want to collect for charity on the street or door-to-door, you must complete the application forms which are at the bottom of this page.

You will need to provide us with a current letter of authority from your charity giving you permission to hold a collection for them. This authorisation will need to be signed by a Charity Trustee or equivalent and cannot be signed by the person applying for a permit.

You should contact the licensing team at least one month before your proposed street collection/house-to-house collection date date to discuss available dates. Please note for street collections we can only issue one permit for one day per 30 days

You must return your Form of Statement to us within 30 days of your collection.

Please ensure you have read our regulation documents:

Please be aware that a street collection permit only gives you permission for a bucket collection and this does not include tables or free-standing publicity material. If you are collecting in the town centre and you intend to have tables for your charity information, free-standing publicity materials or music performances then you will need to contact Reading CIC to book a promotional space.

COVID-19 additional information and guidance

Please be aware that although restrictions have lifted in England, you must still follow the Fundraising Regulator and the Institute of Fundraising’s advice for collecting safely:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Statement from Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising on getting back to fundraising – 21 July 2021
As formal Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions end in England and moves to change restrictions in place across the rest of the UK, the Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising advise all charitable fundraising organisations to maintain a cautious approach to their fundraising activities.
We remind organisations that the virus has not gone away and therefore careful planning and risk assessments must be undertaken before carrying out any fundraising activity so that the public, donors and fundraisers are protected.

Before apply for a permit, please be aware that the following will remain in place:

  • we can only issue permits for up to 4 street collectors at a time
  • you must take extra measures to ensure the safety of yourselves and those around you
  • you will need to provide us with a risk assessment/additional information on how you will mitigate the risk of COVID-19 while collecting

Please follow the current coronavirus guidance around the collecting issues by The Institute for Fundraising. The full guidance can be found on the Institute of Fundraising website.

Measures to consider including in your risk assessment, are but not limited to:

  • enhance sanitation practices
  • continued social distancing measures – if you are collecting in the town centre, you may wish to contact Reading CIC to book a promotional space to help with social distancing and displaying your charity information.
  • Please be aware that you should keep a temporary record of your collectors, shift patterns, fundraising locations and sign-ups for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your fundraising organisation, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed.

Application forms

If you want to collect for charity on the street or door-to-door, you must complete our online house-to-house collections application form or street collection application form.

Please note:

  • it is an offence to collect money – or goods for resale – for charity without a valid permit
  • no permit will be issued if the Form of Statement has not been submitted for the previous collection.