Charitable collections

​​​​​​Street collection licence

It is illegal to hold a street collection without first obtaining a street collection licence from the Council.

You will still require a licence when collecting, for example, from a shop doorway or car park rather than on the street. 

Applying for a street collection licence​

Apply online

To apply by post or in person please read the guidance notes and complete and return the application form to the Licensing Office either by post or in person to our public desk.

You are required to notify us of the result once the collection has finished. This can be done using the online notification form.

You must supply a letter of authorisation from an appropriate officer on the letter-headed paper of the relevant charity for which you are collecting.

If your street collection is intended to be part of an event you wish to hold in Wakefield City Centre, you will need to complete an “ Application for consent to hold an event in Wakefield City Centre”.  

This is a separate application form and process dealt with by the Specialist Markets and Events Team who can be contacted by e-mailing Please note approval of your street collection licence does not guarantee approval for the hire of a space and vice versa.

​​House-to-house collection licence

It is illegal​ to conduct a house-to-house collection without first obtaining a licence from the Council.

Some large charities are exempt from having to apply for a permit, but most small local groups and organisations need one before they can collect money (or articles which they intend to sell later) door-to-door.

Applying for a house-to-house collection licence

Apply online 

Guidance notes​​

You are required to notify us of the result (to include total proceeds collected) within one month of the expiry of the licence. This can be done using the online notification form.

You should consider:

  • that the total amount likely to be used for charitable purposes is adequate in proportion to the amount likely to be received
  • whether the grant of a licence could lead to an offence being committed under the Vagrancy Act 1824
  • whether you have supplied enough information as may reasonably be required to determine your application

Unlike street collections, there is a statutory right of appeal against the refusal to grant a house-to-house collection permit. In this case, the right of appeal is to the Secretary of State, and the grounds for refusal are set out in the Act.


There is no fee for a street or house-to-house collection licence.

Consumer Complaint 

If you want to complain about a street or house-to-house collection you should first contact the trader, preferably by sending a recorded delivery letter.

If that doesn't work you should contact the Citizens Advice Bureau​.

Contact us

Licensing Office

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm

01924 302919/302906