Street Collections

Anyone wishing to hold a street collection for a charitable purpose must have a permit.

Under the Police, Factories etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916, any organisation or person wishing to hold a street collection for a charitable purpose must be in possession of a permit at the time the collection takes place.

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 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

Supporting information

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.

What happens next

Upon receipt of an application, consultation takes place with the police and in certain cases the charity commissioners. The council tries 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. Please be aware that failure to return these forms, may result in future applications being refused.

How to submit a return

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

Online

Returns may be made using 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 returns 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 will only apply for applications that are submitted electronically via the GOV.UK website, or when the applicant can show proof of delivery from a post office or recognised courier.

Need help? contact us

If you have a query that isn't answered here, please get in touch and let us know

Send an email to licensing@barnsley.gov.uk

Call us on 01226 772468 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Or write to

Barnsley MBC
Regulatory Services
Licensing Team
PO Box 602
Barnsley
S70 9FB

Application forms

Street Collection Permit Application Form (PDF)

Online application for a Street Collection Permit

Street Collection Returns Form (PDF)

Online submission of Street Collection Returns Form

Charges

There is no charge for a Street Collection permit.

Further Information

Before submitting your application, please read our regulations and guidance notes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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