Street collections and house-to-house charity collections
To carry out house-to-house or street collections for charitable purposes in England and Wales you need a licence from Cheshire East Council. Charitable purpose means any charitable, benevolent, or philanthropic purpose, whether or not the purpose is charitable within the meaning of any rule of law. Some large charities are exempted by the Home Secretary.
Apply for a street, or house-to-house collection
You can also apply by post or through the Contact Centres at Delamere House, Crewe or Macclesfield Town Hall.
We operate a diary booking system for both these types of collections and our policy is to allow only one collection within the same town on the same day.
If you wish to promote your charity with additional activities and displays in the centre of town you must notify the Town Centre Manager.
As of the 8 January 2018 any application you make in person at one of Contact Centres must be done by appointment. To make an appointment please call Cheshire East Customer Services on 0300 123 5015.
There are no fees associated with these applications. You will be required to submit a financial statement.
Once you have carried out your collection you must, within one month provide us with a financial return showing how much money was collected, any expenses and what happened to the remainder. The return must be signed by the applicant and certified by an accountant (or other independent responsible person who has previously been agreed by us).
Send the completed financial return statement to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you can download the corresponding form of statement and post it to us.
Some large charities are exempted by the Home Secretary from having to apply for a licence, although they do have to notify the Council in writing of any proposed collections.
Charitable collections policy
All applications will be dealt with in line with the Charitable Collection Policy (PDF, 163KB). Any request to depart from the policy must be set out with your application giving your reasons.