Street collections

You need to apply for a permit to collect money for charity on the street, 28 days before the collection date.

Street collections

A street collection is a collection of money on the street for charitable purposes. Anyone wishing to carry out a street collection must apply for a street collection permit. Permits are restricted to enable charities to raise money without their collections clashing with other charities.

Street collections are usually made by or for charities. A charity (or charitable organisation) need not necessarily be a registered charity but should have charitable aims, excluding political or commercial aims.

Collections usually take place in the centres of Brighton or Hove, and money is collected in sealed collection tins. Collections times are normally limited to:

  • Sunday to Monday, 8.30am to 6pm
  • Saturday, 9am to 1.30pm or 1.30pm to 6pm

There is no cost in applying for a street collection permit but there are regulations and guidance which should be read before an application is made. Please also see the FAQ section which provides some useful information.

Making an application

Applications can only be made for one day at a time and must be made at least 28 days before the proposed collection date to enable us to process your request. We may not be able to issue permits without the full 28 days' notice.

Street Collection Permit Application form

Within one month of the date of your collection, a form of statement must be submitted.

Return your forms to:

Health & Safety and Licensing
2nd Floor Bartholomew House
Bartholomew Square

If you have any queries contact: