Licences and registrations - Street collection licence

Street collection licence

If you wish to carry out a street collection for charitable or similar purposes, you will need to apply for a permit.

We will consider your application and will need to be satisfied that an acceptable percentage of the total proceeds of the collection will go to charity.



You do not need to apply to the Council for a permit if:

  • the collection is to take place in an area where there is no general public right of access (e.g. inside a private dwelling or business premises). In these circumstances, the permission of the landowner is simply required.
  • you are simply selling articles or goods on the street in the ordinary course of trade for the purpose of earning a livelihood (Other permits or authorisation may be required for street trading purposes)
    A street collections permit will be required if you make representations that any income from any trade is to be given to charitable purposes.
  • Check availability of dates

    We limit the duration and number of street collection permits issued to avoid more than one collection taking place in the same area on the same day.

    Before you apply, please contact the licensing administrator on 01483 523219 or to check the availability of your proposed collection dates.

    Applications must be made at least 28 days prior to the collection date. The duration of a permit is at the Council's discretion, but charities are normally limited to one collection in each of the main areas of population within the Waverley Borough (Farnham, Godalming, Haslemere & Cranleigh) per calendar year.

    If the date(s) on which you propose to collect are already reserved, you will be advised of the availability of alternative dates. Once dates have been agreed, the collection will be provisionally reserved, and no other charities will be offered the opportunity to collect on these dates.

    You will then be required to formally submit the details of the collection via one of the three methods described below. If you require a hard copy of the application form to be posted to you please ask when arranging the collection dates.


    There is no fee to be paid for the issuing of a permit; however there are strict regulations and guidelines, which must be adhered to. Failure to do so could result in the refusal to grant a permit.

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