What is a street collection?
A street collection is a collection for charitable, sporting, cultural or similar purpose (other than for private gain).
All street collections in the district require a street collection permit from the relevant district council.
Collections inside a private premises (for example, a supermarket) do not normally require a permit.
You should always check that you have consent from the landowner or occupier before you carry out a collection.
For example, this could be Suffolk Highways, a shop manager, a district council, town council, or private owner.
How soon do you need to apply?
You should apply at least one month before the date of your intended collection.
The Councils do not have to process any application received with less than one month's notice.
If this requirement places any difficulty on your planned collection, then you should contact our Licensing team without delay.
How to apply
Before applying, please read the relevant regulations:
Apply for a street collections permit
What happens after the collection has taken place?
You will need to complete and send a returns form to the Licensing team once a collection has taken place.
Within one month of the collection, you need to send a copy of the relevant notice to a local newspaper:
For further information - or a hard copy of the application form and regulations - please contact the Licensing team.
Phone the Licensing team on 0300 123 4000 (Option 6).
Email the Licensing team at email@example.com.