List of national exemption order holders
To carry out house-to-house collections of cash and/or goods for charitable purposes you need a licence from the local authority, unless an exemption order has been granted to the charity in question. These are granted by the Cabinet Office to certain larger charities, such as the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK.
You must make your application at least 1 month before the proposed collection date. There is no fee for this licence.
We will usually grant a licence for a collection where the collector has agreed that at least 80% of the proceeds will be given to the named legitimate charity. We are aware of some collections where less than 10% of the proceeds have been given to the charity.
Every collector must carry a collecting box, which must be numbered and securely closed and sealed so that it cannot be opened without the seal being broken. The numbering of the collection boxes must be consecutive.
All money received during a collection must immediately be place in a collection box.
All collection boxes must prominently display the name of the charity of fund for which the collection is taking place.
Persons under the age of 16 are not permitted to act as collectors and it is the responsibility of the promoter of the collection to enforce this.
Apply to run a charitable collection
How to apply
You can apply online.
There is no fee.
You must make applications at least one month before any proposed collection dates. This will give you sufficient time to order the necessary badges and certificates of authority from Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
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 have not heard from us by the end of this period.
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 within 21 days of receiving notice of the decision.
The relevant legislation is the House to House Collections Act 1939.
After the collection
All collection boxes must be opened in the presence of the promoter and another responsible person, except in cases where the unopened box is delivered straight to the bank. In that instance the bank is permitted to open the collection box.
The person opening the box must count the contents and enter the amount with the number of the collecting box on a list. This must be certified by that person.
Payments must not be made to any collector, or any person, directly or indirectly connected with the promotion that has not been approved by Bracknell Forest Council in the application.
Within 1 month of the collection taking place a return form must be completed and sent to Bracknell Forest Council, along with a list of collectors and a list of the amounts collected in each box.
Information for residents
List of licensed house-to-house collections
You can view the current list of licensed house-to-house collections in the following document.
Textile banks and charities
There are a large number of textile banks in the area. This helps people in need of clothing at home and abroad, as well as supplying the textile industry. Clothing can also be donated to jumble sales or charity shops in the borough, but must be in good condition. Soiled items and duvets and pillows cannot be accepted.
Around 7.5 billion items of clothing are placed in UK recycling bins every year, many of which still have 60% of their usage left. For more information on recycling textiles and clothing, try the Salvation Army or Oxfam.
If you receive a bag through your door for charity clothing collections, please ensure that the charity is a genuine known charity as there are sometimes bogus collections made in the area. Please be aware that some bogus collectors may also collect charity bags that are not theirs.
If you are concerned about any collection bag put through your letter box please first check if it is approved by checking the list of licensed house-to-house collection in Bracknell Forest and list of charitable organisations with exemption orders in the documents section of this page. If you are unsure about a collection please contact us with details.
Please remember that clothes recycled through your local charity shops or clothes bank are very likely to generate significantly more income for a chosen charity than collections from your house.
Complaints about house-to-house collections
If you want to complain that a person carrying out a house-to-house 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.