Charitable street collections are regulated by the Royal Borough under the Police, Factories, etc (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916. Anyone wishing to collect money or sell articles in a street or public place must first have a street collection permit from the council. A permit is also required even if you intend to stand in a shop doorway. Permits are not, however, required for collections within shops.
Permits to collect in this way are in great demand and if the numbers were not controlled, there would be a danger that shoppers would resent being approached every time they visited the town centres. Also, controlling street collections allows as many different organisations the chance to raise funds in this way. The council's regulations on street collections can be obtained by clicking on the link below.
The collection organiser must submit a return to the Licensing Section giving particulars of how much was collected and how the proceeds were distribute.