Street collections

If you want to collect money or sell items in a public place for charity within the Arun district you will need a street collection permit.

You do not need a permit for:

  • a collection held inside a pub or club (but if travelling from one pub to another you will need a house to house collection licence)
  • a collection inside a supermarket, cinema, theatre, private dwelling, works or business premises
  • the selling of items in any street or public place where the items you sell are for the purposes of earning a living

Permits are free but you must submit any applications to us at least one month before the date of the collection.

If your collection involves a performance or will cause an obstruction you must apply to West Sussex County Council for permission and this permit or written instruction must be included in your application to us.

We normally only allow one collection at a time in any area.

Charities should supply us with their charity registration number, and we may check these details with the Charity Commissioner.

One month after the collection you must submit a statement of return giving us the details of the proceeds of the collection.

We keep these statements of return on our public register.

Apply for a street collection permit

You’ll need to provide:

  • the charity’s details
  • collection dates requested
  • which areas you wish to collect in
  • a copy of the permit or written permission from West Sussex County Council if such permission is applicable

After selecting the button below you’ll need to:

  1. Create an account if you do not already have one.
  2. Select licensing.
  3. Select apply for a licence.
  4. Select charitable collections.
  5. Select street collection.
  6. Select street collection permit.
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Apply for a street collection permit

Submit a statement of return

One month after the collection you must submit a statement of return giving us the details of the proceeds of the collection.

Submit a statement of return