Licence - street collections

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To collect cash or sell items in the street for charitable purposes you need a permit from the local authority.

How to apply

You can apply and notify us of results online:


There are no fees for this permit.


Persons under the age of 16 are not allowed to be collectors and it is the responsibility of the promoter of the collection to enforce this.  

Street collections within the borough are limited to two collections per charity each year.

Street collections are also limited to the following totals per year:

  • Bracknell town centre - 50 
  • Meadows shopping centre - 75
  • Bracknell town parish - 15
  • Crowthorne parish - 15
  • Sandhurst parish - 15
  • Binfield parish - 15
  • Warfield parish - 15
  • Winkfield parish - 15

What the law says

The relevant legislation is the Police, Factories, & c. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916.

Application process

You must make your application at least one month before the proposed collection date. This allows us enough time to check that the collection is for a bona fide charity.

For collections at the Meadows Shopping Centre or at supermarkets please obtain a permission letter from the centre or store manager and send a copy with your application.

How long will it take to process my application?

We aim to process your application within 28 days of receiving it. Please contact us if you haven't heard from us by the end of this period.

How to appeal

Please contact us first.

Any applicant who is refused a licence or wants to object to a condition on the licence can appeal to their local magistrates' court with 21 days of receiving notice of the decision.

Complaints about street collections

If you want to complain that a person carrying out a street collection is causing a nuisance or if you believe that there has been a breach of licence conditions please contact us so we can investigate.

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