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Street collection permit

It is unlawful to hold or promote for the benefit of and/or on behalf of a charity, charitable or other philanthropic purposes in any street or public place without first obtaining a street collection permit from a local authority. This includes the collection of cash or the sale of goods.
Performing any type of collection for personal gain for also illegal.

Any organisation which is not registered with the Charity Commisson but describes itself in essence as charitable/non-profit making and wishes to perform/undertake a collection on the public highway on its own or on behalf of any other organisation which falls under this category, should obtain the appropriate street collection permit.

If the proposed collection is taking place inside a public building (for example a shopping centre), permission should be sought from the manager of that premises and a permit is not required from the local authority.

This includes collections that take place -

  • at a single point
  • in conjunction with a procession or parade along an agreed route

All collections must show some local connection.

Hull City Council will not permit competition between collecting societies. More than one application for a street collection on any particular day will be considered if the distance between collections is sufficient.

No promoter, collector or person who is otherwise connected with a collection shall permit a person under the age of sixteen to act as a collector.

Duration of permit

All permits are granted for the specific date and time of the event.

Application deadline

All applications should be submitted 28 days prior to any collection taking place. Any application submitted after this period may be refused but each application is considered on its own merits. The local police must be advised of proposed collections involving use of the highway.
In addition, the Hull Events team must be consulted ahead of any application in the city centre due to it being a promotional area. Hull Events can be contacted on 01482 300 300 or alternatively can be emailed at

How to apply for a permit

The application process requires that the applicant must provide their full name and address, the name and address of the benefiting charity and the objects of the benefiting charity or fund. The application also requires the date, time and location in which the collection is to take place.


A full list of the council’s street collection regulations is available to download below -

Form of Statement

A statement detailing monies raised and/or sale of items should be returned to the Licensing Section within one month of the collection taking place.

PDF Icon Statement of Return (size: 5.6 Kb)
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Contact us

Licensing section
Hull City Council
33 Witham

Tel: 01482 300 301
Fax: 01482 615 554

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