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Charitable collections

​​​If you are organising a house to house or street collection for charity, you will need a licence. 

​Applications must be made at least one month before the proposed collection date. 

How to apply

Before applying we recommend reading our house to house collection conditions (52kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ or charitable street collection conditions (37kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​.


Apply online:


Apply by post:


Please complete the relevant form(s) and return to us by post or in person: 

Cardiff Council,
County Hall,
Atlantic Wharf,
CF10 4UW


  • a letter of authorisation from the charity
  • a copy of their annual published accounts
  • a sample of their literature

Applications are free of charge.

The following rules apply to fund raising collections:

  • persons under the age of 16 are not permitted to act as collectors and it is the responsibility of the promoter of the collection to enforce this.
  • every collector must carry a collecting box, which must be numbered and securely closed and sealed so that it cannot be opened without the seal being broken.
  • the numbering of the collection boxes must be consecutive
  • all money received during a collection must immediately be placed in a collection box
  • all collection boxes must prominently display the name of the charity or fund for which the collection is taking place
  • all collection boxes must be opened in the presence of the promoter and another responsible person, except in cases where the unopened box is delivered straight to the bank. In that instance the bank is permitted to open the collection box
  • the person opening the box must count the contents and enter the amount with the number of the collecting box on a list, which must be certified by that person
  • payments must not be made to any collector, or any person, directly or indirectly connected with the promotion that has not been approved by Cardiff Council in the application
  • if a permit is granted each licensee may be held individually responsible for complying with the permit conditions.

If you would like any help or advice please contact us.

Contact us


Shared Regulatory Services

Tel: 0300 123 6696. Please follow the options for Cardiff Licensing.

Cardiff Council Licensing

Tel: 029 2087 1651

Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm.​

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