The power to regulate House to House Collections and to issue licences is contained in the House to House Collections Act 1939 (The Act). It is an offence to promote and it is an offence to make a House to House Collection for a charitable purpose without the promoter first obtaining a licence from the Local Authority in which the collection takes place.
Collections made for a purportedly charitable purpose are also illegal, as a collection is deemed to have been made for a particular purpose where an appeal is made in association with a representation that the money will be applied for that purpose.
House to House Collection is a method of charitable collection when the person collects door to door. The term 'collection' includes visits from house to house, visits to public houses, offices and factories to appeal for money, other property (for example clothes) or to sell things on the basis that part of the proceeds will go to a charity.
The council requires at least 28 days notice before the date on which it is proposed to make the collection.
How to apply
You can apply online using the link below however you must contact the Licensing Section prior to completion to obtain a unique reference.
Or download the Application Form (pdf, 267 kb) and post or email to the address at the bottom of this page.
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 by the end of the target completion period which is 28 days from the date of submission of all correct and relevant information.
Bogus Charity Clothing Collections
To see more detail on a campaign developed around bogus charity clothing collections, go to our bogus charity clothing collections page.
To see more detail on the position with Pedlar's Certificates go to our webpage Pedlar's Certificates.
No Cold Calling Zones
No Cold Calling Zones are areas of the city in which residents have stated that they do not wish to receive unsolicited visits to their homes (cold calls) from businesses. Zones are selected on the basis of risk and local residents demand/enthusiasm. To see the maps of the established zones in Newcastle go to our webpage Locations
The zones do not seek to prevent legitimate charity collections, however, we would expect charity collectors to respect the wishes of residents and if they do take the decision to call, to be able to satisfactorily identify themselves.
To see the view on charities and NCCZ's, taken by the Institute of Fundraising go to guidance (pdf 284 kb)
Copies of the legislation mentioned on this page can be purchased from Her Majesty's Stationery Office or can be accessed at OPSI.
Please note: This information has no legal force and is not an authoritative interpretation of the law, which is a matter for the Courts. It is intended to help businesses to understand in general terms, the main features of the legislation. The information is not a substitute for the legislation and you should refer to the text of the legislation for a full statement of legal requirements and obligations. Where appropriate, you should seek your own independent legal advice.
For further information, please contact the Licensing Service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newington Road East, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5PD. Phone: 0191 2783864