A permit is required to undertake a house to house collection for charitable purposes, under the House to House Collections Act 1939, House to House Collections Regulations 1947 (as amended).
Applying for a Permit
Door to door collections for cash or goods, including envelope collections and those from pub to pub need to be licensed.
Ideally, applications should be submitted at least one month prior to the first collection date. To obtain a permit in Eastbourne, please contact the Licensing Team on 01323 415936, or apply online.
Within 30 days of the end of the collection a return form showing details of the monies collected must be completed and returned to the licensing authority.
You can download the regulations, application form and returns form from the bottom of the page. Also view the yearly calendar of charities and their collection dates.
After a Collection
Collecting tins should be opened in the presence of a promoter and a witness, or, if unopened, delivered to a bank to be opened and counted by an official
When opened, the contents of each tin should be entered on a list and certified by those present
A return must be made to the council showing the total amount of monies collected, amounts from each tin and a list of collectors
Ensure that all certificates of authorities and badges are destroyed at the end of the collection period
At least 85 per cent of collected funds must be donated to the named charity - a maximum of 15 per cent can go towards expenses
No promoter or anyone associated with the collection can receive payment from the collection unless approved by the council
Notifying the Council of Incidents or Instances
To notify the council of any incidents relating to House to House Collections, please use our online Contact Form below.