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Street collection licence

Stack of coins

To collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes in England or Wales, you will require a Street Collection licence. 

When applying for a Street Collection licence you will be required to complete the following forms:

For supporting information please see the 'information sheet' or 'street collection regulations' in the downloads section.

Eligibility criteria

No provision in the legislation.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence can be viewed on the - Charities Act 1992.

Application evaluation process

No provision in the legislation.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.

If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us on or call 01772 906911.

Apply by post

You can download and complete the  application form for a street collection permit (PDF) [140KB] here and post to us at:

Licensing Services, Environmental Health, Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston,PR1 2RL. Alternatively you can email with your completed form.

Apply online

GOV.UK - apply for a street collection licence


GOV.UK - supply a return for a street collection licence

Failed application redress

Please contact us on or call 01772 906911 in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact us at, or call 01772 906911 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, GOV.UK - Consumer Rights will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK International Consumer Centre.

Other redress

For example noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade associations


Additional Information for organisations

Flag Market

Any organisation wishing to host an event on the Flag Market can apply using the online form.

Apply to host an event on the Flag Market

The number of collectors permitted on the Flag Square is limited to two and the parking of vehicles is not permitted on the square.

Guild Hall Arcade

Organisations should note that the collection of monies is not permitted in the Guild Hall Arcade.

Shopping Centre's

Any organisation which received a permit from the Council for a collection in the town centre of the City of Preston and wishes also to collect in shopping centres/arcades, should contact the following bodies for permission:

The Mall Shopping Centre

The Centre Manager

Management Office 

Third Floor 

St George's Centre



Telephone - 01772 204202

St John's Shopping Centre

Helen Kenny

Locality Facilities Manager

For - CBRE Management Services Limited

Guild Centre, Lords Walk



Telephone - 01772 823827

Fishergate Centre

The Centre Manager

Management Office

Preston, Lancashire

Telephone - 01772 254850


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