House to house collections

A licence is needed to collect money or goods for charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes by going from one property to another in Watford. This includes signing people up to direct debits.

You can apply for a licence online.

If you don’t get a licence before starting house-to-house collections you could face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £1,000.

Applications may be refused if:

  • you are under 18
  • the purpose of the collection is not genuine
  • more than 20% of the amount collected is to be spent on expenses
  • any collectors are to be paid an excessive amount
  • you have committed offences such as theft, burglary, other dishonesty offences, or failure to comply with a licence or collecting without a licence

Each licence will be subject to the house to house collection regulations.

After the collection, the organiser must send a statement outlining the amount collected, any expenses, and the amount donated to charitable purposes within 28 days.

You must apply at least 28 days before the collection is due to start. We aim to process applications within 15 working days.

Tacit consent applies to these applications. If you have not heard from us within 15 working days you may assume your application has been granted

There is no cost for this licence.

You may appeal to the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office within 14 days of being refused a permit.

Please contact the Licensing team to make a complaint or to check if a collection is genuine.

Check online to see if a charity is exempt from needing a licence.


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