You need permission to collect money or sell items on the street in aid of a charity. You also need permission to go from door to door to collect money or property or sell things in aid of a charity.

Direct Debit fundraising is not licensed but it is controlled by means of a voluntary agreement between the council and collectors. 

Street Collections

A street collection is a means of collecting money from members of the public for the benefit of charitable or other similar purposes. To carry out a street collection you will need to make an application to us for a permit. Applications will be determined in line with the council's  pdf Policy on Street Collections (12 KB)  (12 KB) .

You can apply online for a permit.

To apply by post for a permit please complete the  document  document Street Collection Application form (96 KB) .

The form should then be returned to: Licensing, Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3AF. There is no fee payable when applying for a street collection permit.

Will tacit consent apply? No, it is in the public interest that we consider and processes all applications.

After your collection has taken place you must provide confirmation of the amount of money you have collected and details of any expenses you have incurred as part of the collection. This must be done within one month of the collection taking place.

You can submit a return online. Download the  document  document Street Collection Return template (184 KB) .

House to House Collections

If you want to make a collection for a charitable purpose in the District by making visits from house to house to appeal for money, other property (for example clothes) or to sell things you need a house to house collection licence from us.

Charities that hold a Cabinet Office order of exemption are not required to apply to us for a licence. However, they are requested to advise us in writing that they have an order of exemption along with the date and location of their collections. Having received this information we can try and avoid collections from clashing with one another.

You can apply online for a licence.

To apply by post for a licence please complete the  document  document House to House Collection application form (145 KB) .

Return form to: Licensing, Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3AF.

There is no fee payable when applying for a house to house collection licence.

Will tacit consent apply? No, it is in the public interest that we consider and process all applications.

After your collection has taken place you must provide confirmation of the amount of money you have collected and details of any expenses you have incurred as part of the collection. This must be done within one month of the expiry of the licence.

You can submit a return online online.

Download the document  document house to house collection return form template (184 KB) .

Direct Debit Fundraising

Charitable organisations that carry out face-to-face fundraising in the District by asking people to sign up to make regular donations via Direct Debit do not require a licence from the Council under current legislation.