House to House Collections

A licence is required to make collections of money or articles from houses/premises for charitable purposes.

This requirement is under  the House to House Collections Act 1939

Who can apply

Licences may be granted by the council, who are required to be satisfied that applicants are fit and proper persons to make such collections.

How to apply

Applications can be made using the downloadable forms available on this webpage or via the online application website (see links below).
Please provide proof of identification together with any authorisation from the charity who is to benefit.

Online

Applications may be made using the UK Welcomes webpage on the GOV.UK website (see Application Forms below).
Accompanying documents may need to be uploaded for submission with the application.

By Post

Postal applications may be made by sending a completed form (see Application Forms below), along with any accompanying documents that are required, to The Licensing Section, Regulatory Services, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, PO Box 602, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 9FB.

By E-mail

Please send your completed form (see Application Forms below) with electronic versions of any required accompanying documents to licensing@barnsley.gov.uk

What happens next

Upon receipt of an application, consultation takes place with the police and, in certain cases, the charity commissioners. The council aims to process applications within 14 days.

A statement of return must be submitted within 30 days of the expiry of this licence. If your licence is for a period of greater than three months, a statement of return must be submitted, ideally after each collection, but at least once every three months.

How to submit a returns form

Returns can be made using the downloadable forms available on this webpage or via the online application website (see links below).

Online

Returns may be made using the UK Welcomes webpage on the GOV.UK website (see Application Forms below).
Accompanying documents may need to be uploaded for submission with the application.

By Post

Postal returns may be made by sending a completed form (see Application Forms below), along with any accompanying documents that are required, to The Licensing Section, Regulatory Services, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, PO Box 602, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 9FB.

By E-mail

Please send your completed form (see Application Forms below) with electronic versions of any required accompanying documents to licensing@barnsley.gov.uk

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 the Licensing Authority by the end of the target completion period of 20 working days.
The timescales for processing an application do not start until all the necessary information has been received in full.
Tacit consent is only apply for applications that are submitted electronically via the website or when the applicant can show proof of delivery from a post office or recognised courier.

Charges/fees

There is no fee for the grant of a House to House Collection Licence.

Supporting information

The customer can help by providing proof of identification together with any authorisation from the charity who is to benefit.

Licences are not required where a Home Office exemption certificate is in force (usually issued to large charitable organisations). The council are still required to be notified of these.

Futher information can be found in this House to House Collection Guidance document.

Do I need a licence for collecting from public houses?

Yes in cases where money is taken at the time from each public house. However, if receptacles are left at a number of public houses and collected at a later date, no licence is needed.

Contact information

Barnsley Council
Regulatory Services
PO Box 602
Barnsley
S70 9FB

Our office hours are 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Friday.

Phone: 01226 772468
Fax: 01226 775699
Email: licensing@barnsley.gov.uk

Application forms

House to House Collection Licence Application Form (MS Word)
House to House Collection Licence Application Form (PDF)

Online application for a House to House Collection Licence

House to House Collection Returns Form (MS Word)
House to House Collection Returns Form (PDF)

Online submission of House to House Collection Returns Form

 

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