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Street collection licences

Street Collection Licence

This information complies with the new EU Services Directive that came into effect on 28 December 2009. This new directive aims to make it easier for businesses to set up or offer their services anywhere in the EU and apply and pay online for a licence. The directive covers a wide variety businesses including accountants, builders, food services, and leisure services.

Other services such as education, health, transport, planning, gambling, taxis and social services do not fall within the scope of the directive.

If you wish to download a postal application then click on the link postal application form and return the completed form to Licensing, The Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton NN1 1DE. . If you have any queries please contact [email protected]

Licence summary

To collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes in England or Wales, you require a street collection licence from your local council.

Eligibility Criteria

No provision in the legislation, however your application will be considered having due regard to our local policy for charitable collections.  Before submitting your application, ensure you read full details of our local policy, available by clicking here Local Policy
You must ensure that you complete the additional information box of your online application, detailing the requested number of collectors, date, time and location of the collection, eg. 22nd June 2013, 10am to 4pm, 2 collectors on Abington Street.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application Evaluation Process

No provision in the legislation

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period. An application period of 28 calendar days is required.


Apply online

Apply to run a charitable collection

Notify us of the result of a charitable collection

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Northampton Borough Council in the first instance.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Northampton Borough Council in the first instance.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade Associations