House to House Collections

Licence summary
Persons wishing to undertake charitable house to house collections for money and/or goods in Redcar and Cleveland must apply to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council for a House to House Collection Permit. These collections generally take place from door to door or from one Public House to another.

There are two circumstances where the need for a licence issued by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is not required.

1. Home Office Exemption, (such as Christian Aid, Help the Aged etc). Whilst these charities are not required to apply locally they are required to advise us in writing of the existence of their exemption together with the date and location of collection. Having received this information the Council can avoid double booking an area.

2. Local Certificate of Exemption. Where the Chief Constable for Cleveland Police is satisfied that the purpose is local in character and that the collection is likely to be completed within a short period. He may then grant to the promoter of the collection a certificate in the prescribed form. Where a certificate is granted, a licence from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is not required.

Eligibility Criteria
House to House collections are free and anyone can apply providing they are over 16 years of age.

Applications must be in the form prescribed by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council (see form below) and should be made at least 28 days in advance of the proposed collection.

Applications should be accompanied by the following:-
  • Particulars of any contracts with any charity which is to benefit from this collection
  • List of trustees
  • Previous years accounts
  • Literature on organisation(s) which will benefit
  • Permission form the charity the collection is to benefit
Regulation Summary
House to House Collections Act 1939

Application Evaluation Process
A check will be made as to the availability of the proposed collection dates and providing the above criteria is met a permit will be granted.

There are no fees associated with this licence.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us within 28 days.

How to Apply
We aim to acknowledge your application within three working days. If you have applied online we will acknowledge your application via email.

You have the option of applying online or by downloading an application form.

Online Application
Apply to run a charitable collection
Notify us of the result of a charitable collection

Download an Application Form
If you would prefer to download an application form, please download the document below and return it to us using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

Failed Application Redress
Please contact us in the first instance using the contact details below.

You have the right to appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office. Appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the refusal.

Licence Holder Redress
Please contact us in the first instance using the contact details below.

You have the right to appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office. Appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the decision.

Consumer Complaint
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Further Information
Charity Commission
Cabinet Office
Public Fundraising Regulatory Association
Institute of Fundraising
The Stationary Office

Licensing registers are available to view, by prior arrangement, at the Council Offices. Please click here for further information.

Contact Details


Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Neighbourhoods and Customer Services
Licensing & Parking
Redcar & Cleveland House
Kirkleatham Street
TS10 1RT Tel: 01642 774774


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