A permit / licence is required by anyone collecting for charitable purposes within the Metropolitan Police District. It is an offence to hold a collection without one. Failure to comply with the regulations is an offence which may result in prosecution. For street collection dates please see related publications.
Street collection programme (Application Process)
Within the Metropolitan Police District a street collection programme is in operation. This facilitates the smooth running of collections and avoids more than one charity collecting on the same day.
House to house collections
A licence is required by anyone collecting of behalf of a charity: money from door to door, pub to pub, clothing or other items from door to door. It is an offence to hold a collection without a licence.
Private property collections
Bogus clothing collections
Some clothing collection bags or leaflets may give the impression of charity when in fact the collection is being carried out by a profit-making company.
Christmas collections involving the singing or playing of carols are to be requested through the local borough licencing officer.
City of London collections
The Metropolitan Police negotiate charitable street collections within 32 of the London boroughs, which exclude City of London.
Within this section you will find details of how to contact us regarding postal applications and record returns.