Charity collection licence

Street collections can now resume. If you wish to apply for a permit please ensure you have read the Covid 19 additional information and guidance before doing so.

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:

COVID-19 additional information and guidance

Street collections

Please be aware that due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines:

  • we can only issue permits for up to 4 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.

  • You must fund raise in accordance with government guidance on social distancing. Currently, the appropriate social distance in England is at least two metres or one metre with additional risk mitigation (where two metres is not viable). You should consider and set out the mitigations you will introduce in your risk assessment.
  • Try and maintain a static position. In normal circumstances, the Fundraising Code allows fundraisers to approach the public, for example by taking steps alongside them. However, this is likely to cause anxiety at the current time, so The Institute of Fundraising recommends maintaining a static position in general and giving clear warning if you are going to move closer to a member of the public, while always maintaining a two metre distance.
  • Consider having markings, signage or messages on clothing that clearly set out the appropriate distance that people should be maintaining.
  • Make sure your charity information is easy to see while still maintaining a social distance. Due to social distancing measures, your ID badge and any mandatory information may be difficult for the public to read, so you should ensure the public can see or access this information in other ways.
  • Fundraisers must never cause any physical obstruction to the public. When you are moving between positions you should always maintain social distancing and give way to members of the public to let them pass you at a safe distance. If any setting does not enable the fundraiser to give way to the public and maintain social distancing throughout then fundraising should not take place in that setting.
  • Be aware that the behaviour of the public may be difficult to predict, and in the event that a member of the public is not maintaining social distancing then it is the responsibility of the fundraiser to act quickly and ensure a proper distance is maintained.
  • Due to the risk of transmission, fundraisers should never shout to attract attention or during the course of a conversation, even if they are in a loud public setting.
  • 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.

Please be aware that a street collection permit only gives you permission for a bucket collection not for tables or free-standing publicity materials. 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.

House to house charity collections

Please be aware that due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines:

  • 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.

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.