In Greater London (except the City of London) you’ll need to contact the Metropolitan Police for a licence.
House to house
You must apply to your council for a licence if you want to collect money or goods (that you plan to sell at a later date) from people’s homes for charity.
Contact your council (or if you're in London, the Metropolitan Police) to apply for the licence. Find council details here.
In North Yorkshire, you can apply to the police for an exemption certificate if you're collecting for a local charity and the collection is likely to be completed within a short period of time (eg carol singers collecting for two weeks).
You need to apply at least a month before the collection is due to take place.
Exemption certificates are free and you can apply online.
We'll ask you for:
your details, including contact details
about the charity you're collecting for, including the registration number if the charity is registered and a list of trustees registered with the charity
how many people will be collecting
where and when the collection will be happening
photo ID, eg a scan of your passport or driving licence, which you'll need to upload with your application
If your application is approved you'll need to visit a police station to collect your licence. Please bring the photo ID you uploaded with your application with you; we'll contact you to arrange a time to do this. You'll also need to bring your receipt reference number with you, so please make a note of it once you've submitted your application or download a copy of your application.