Charitable street collections licence

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.

We will only grant licences where we are satisfied that applicants are fit and proper persons to make such collections.

Please note that any person applying for a street collection licence to collect within Barnsley town centre must obtain permission from the Council's Town centre services team, their contact details are located at the bottom of this page.

How to apply


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 email

You can download and complete an application form here:

Please return it to licensing@barnsley.gov.uk and scan in any accompanying documents

By post

Download and print a paper application form here:

Send your applications 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.

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.

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 have not heard from the Licensing Authority 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 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.

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

Further information

More information about street collections:

Collections from public houses

A licence is required for collections from public houses where money is involved. However, if receptacles are left at a number of public houses and collected at a later date, no licence is needed.

‘Please note that any person applying for a Street Collection licence to collect within Barnsley Town Centre must also obtain permission from the Council’s Town Centre Services Team, their contact details are located at the bottom of this page.’