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Charity collections

Street collections

On 1 April 2013 Cheltenham Borough Council adopted a new policy about street trading in the borough. We strongly advise all applicants to read the new policy prior to submitting a new or subsequent application.

Licence summary

To collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes in England or Wales, you require a street collection licence from your local council under the provisions of the Charities Act 1992.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

You can make an application online or download an application form to complete.

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Apply to run a charitable collection

Notify us of the result of a charitable collection


Download and complete an application form

Please read the street collection regulations before making your application.

You will need to provide us with:

  • a completed application form
  • form of statement
  • details of charity/fund for which the collection is made
  • a copy of the charities latest audited accounts for who you are collecting on behalf of

Allocation of street collection days

We operate a diary booking system on a first-come, first-served basis for the allocation of street collection date(s) in order to ensure that all charities have equal access to their preferred collection dates.
We will normally only permit a maximum of one collection in the town centre per day although collection applications for other areas in the borough away from the town centre will be considered at our discretion.

Christmas street collections in the town centre

We have additional requirements for "Christmas collection" applications for the months of November (from the 15th of the month onwards) and December in the town centre.

We will not accept applications for Christmas collections until the first week of September each year.

To permit as many Christmas collections as possible, we will allocate applicants either a morning slot (8am to 1pm) or an afternoon slot (1pm to 5pm).

Officers will submit a report each November to the council’s licensing committee with proposed allocations for Christmas collections. The committee may approve the proposed allocation of dates or make any amendments it considers necessary.

You will be notified of the committee’s decision within 5 working days and issued with a collection permit if your application is successful.

Where your preferred date(s) cannot be granted, alternative dates, times and/or locations may be suggested where practicable.

Collection applications for other areas in the borough over December, away from the town centre, will be considered on merits and at our discretion.

Cheltenham Hunt Festival collections

We have additional requirements for "race week collection" applications for March every year during the Cheltenham Hunt Festival.

We will not accept applications for race week collections until the first week of October each year.

Where there is a conflict of dates, times or locations, officers may submit a report to the council’s licensing committee with proposed allocations for race week collections in December every year.

You will be notified of the committee’s decision within 5 working days and issued with a collection permit if your application is successful.

Where your preferred date(s) cannot be granted, alternative dates, time and/or locations may be suggested where practicable.

Collection applications for other areas in the borough over race week, away from the town centre, will be considered at our discretion.

Costs

There is no charge for a registered charity.

Redress procedure

Please contact us in the first instance.