Charitable house-to-house collections licence

You will need a licence from us to make collections of money or articles for charity from houses and other premises. There is no charge for this licence.

This includes collections from public houses. However, if items for collection are left at a number of public houses and collected at a later date, no licence is needed.

How to apply

Please provide proof of identification together with any authorisation from the charity who is to benefit.


You can apply for a licence on the GOV.UK website. You'll need to upload a copy of your application form when you do this.

You may also need to upload accompanying documents with your application.

By email

You can download and complete our application form and email it to along with scans of any accompanying documents.

By post

You can download and print our application form and post it, along with any accompanying documents that are required, to: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Licensing, Legal Services, PO Box 634, Barnsley, S70 9GG.

What happens next

Upon receipt of an application, consultation takes place with the police and, in certain cases, the charity commissioners. We aim 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.

You will only be granted a licence if we are satisfied that you are the fit and proper individual to make such collections.

Tacit consent

If you've not heard from us by the end of the target completion period of 20 working days you can assume 'tacit consent' to carry out the activities.

The timescales for processing an application does not start until all the necessary information has been received in full.

Tacit consent only applies 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.