Permission to hold a charitable street collection is made in accordance with the provisions of the Police, Factories (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916.

Who needs a street collection permit?
How do I obtain a street collection permit?
Are there any limitations?
How much will it cost?
What else will I need to do?
What if I want to use the centenary charity canopy?
I want to compliment, complain or comment on a street collection.

Who needs a street collection permit?

If you wish to collect money or sell articles in any street (this includes any highway, public bridge, road, lane footway, square, court, alley or passageway whether a thoroughfare or not) or public place for charitable purposes in the Bolton area, then you must obtain a street collection permit from the Licensing Team.

Collections held on private property do not require a street collection permit. If you intend to visit a number of premises, then a house to house collection permit may be required.

How do I obtain a street collection permit?

Before applying to undertake a street collection, you must first contact the Licensing Team to establish if the area you wish to collect in is available on your required date. 

An application for a street collection permit should be made at least one month before the proposed date of the collection and not more that one year in advance.

Before completing an application form, please ensure you read through the Street collection - guidance notes document available on the Downloads tab.
 
Apply for a street collection permit

Are there any limitations?

Only one organisation can collect in an area on a specified day, so it is important that the proposed area(s) of collection is indicated on the application form.

Each organisation is allocated one permit a year. A total of 40 Saturdays and 12 weekdays are available for street collection in Bolton Town Centre. No collections are approved in the two week leading up to Christmas.  

How much will it cost? 

There is no charge for a street collection permit.

What else will I need to do?

Once a street collection permit is issued, you are required to comply with the 'street collection byelaw' attached to the permit for example (extract and numbering from 'street collection byelaw/regulations'):

16. (1) Within one month after the date of any collection the person to whom a permit has been granted shall forward to the Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council:-

(a) a statement in the form set out in the Schedule to these Regulations, or in a form to the like effect, showing the amount received and the expenses and  payments incurred in connection with such a collection and certified by that person and either a qualified accountant or an independent responsible person acceptable to the Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council.
(b) a list of collectors;
(c) a list of the amounts contained in each collecting box and shall if required by the Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council, satisfy it as to the proper application of the proceeds of the collection.

A full copy of the regulations and a returns form is available on the Downloads tab.

What if I want to use the centenary charity canopy?

The Licensing Team do not arrange bookings for the canopy. All enquiries regarding the canopy must be directed to the Albert Halls Sales Team 01204 334433.

I want to compliment, complain or comment on a street collection

If you wish to compliment, complain or comment on a street collection please contact the Licensing Team.

Licensing Team

Regulatory Services

Ground Floor

Town Hall

Victoria Square

Bolton

BL1 1RU

Telephone 01204 336584
Fax 01204 336201
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