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Charitable Street Collection Permits FAQs

I want to collect money on the street for charity, do I need a licence?
Yes. Anyone who wishes to collect money on the street for a charitable purpose needs to apply for a street collection permit.

Can I just collect anywhere, at any time?
No. Street collections can be booked up to a year in advance so dates and areas get booked up to a year in advance so dates and areas get booked very quickly and we do not usually allow more than one organisation to collect in the same area on the same day. Normally collections are on a one-day only basis.

Can I book a street collection for next week?
Normally no. We require a minimum of 28 days to process an application. In exceptional circumsatnces we may be able to process an application quicker than that, but are unable to guarantee that a permit will be issued in time.

What do I have to do to get a street collection permit?
If you know when and where you wish to hold the street collection you should telephone 0121 303 9896 to check if the date and area are available for you. We will send you an application form or you can download a form and return it to us by post or fax. Due to applications not being submitted we no longer reserve dates. We can only confirm that the date is available on the day you contact us, it will then be necessary for you to ensure that your application is submitted straight away before anyone else applies for that date.

I want a street collection date for next year?
In September/October each year, you will see a notice on this website inviting requests for applications. These are to be returned by 1st November each year if you want to be included in first allocation. You will then be notified which date(s) you have been given.

I forgot to apply before the 1st November last year, does this mean I can't hold a street collection this year?
No, after the initial allocation of dates, any areas left are dealt with on a 'first come, first served' basis. You can contact us to see which dates are still available. Due to applications not being submitted we no longer reserve dates. We can only confirm that the date is available on the day you contact us, it will then be necessary for you to ensure that your application is submitted straight away before anyone else applies for that date.

I want to collect direct debit pledges?
You will still need to apply for a permit. In order to be able to process your application you must send in a copy of the Professional Fundraiser's Agreement with the application form as instructed (Page 4 of application form). When all the information is received the application usually needs to be determined by the Licensing Committee.

Can I sell items for charity on the street?
Any money collected or items sold for charity require a street collection permit.

Why have you asked me to put my personal details on the form?
You have to provide personal details as we will normally notify West Midlands Police of your intention to hold a collection. You are signing the form to say that you are responsible for all monies collected on the day.

I've applied for a street collection and you've asked me for accounts - what do you mean?
For certain types of application we may require a copy of the latest audited accounts for the charity. If you do not have audited ones, please send in any accounts you have, indicating income, expenditure etc. We will contact you if these accounts are required.

Can I change the date of a street collection I have booked?
You can telephone us on 0121 303 9896 to check if the new date is available. If we are already processing your application you will need to confirm your request for the new date in writing as soon as possible. If you have already received your permit please return it for a new one to be issued.

I have to cancel my street collection, what do I do?
Please let us know as soon as you can. We may then be able to offer this date to another organisation. If you have already received your permit please return this without delay.

Do I need to do anything after the collection?
When we issue the permit to you, you will also receive a Form of Statement. You will need to complete this form, get it signed by an independent responsible person such as an accountant and return it to us within a month of the collection date.