You need a permit from Leeds City Council to carry out house-to-house collections for charitable purposes for a period that exceeds 28 days in the Leeds area. If you wish to carry out house to house collections for a period of less than 28 days you can apply for a Certificate of Exemption from West Yorkshire Police.
More information on house to house collection can be found in the House to House Collections Act 1939 (PDF 80KB).
There is no charge for a house to house collection permit. However, once a permit has been issued, you will need to apply to The Stationery Office for copies of the prescribed Certificate of Authority and prescribed Badges (which you will need to supply to all your collectors). You can order these online. The ISBN number is 9780113407422.
There are no restrictions on the allocation of dates for house to house collections, nor on the length of the collection (provided it is less than one calendar year). Many collections are carried out by regional or national charitable organisations who often book their collections well in advance under the authority of a Home Office exemption.
After the collection has been held a return form, signed by an accountant, detailing the amount collected and any expenses incurred, needs to be submitted to the council within one month. The relevant return form will be sent when your permit is issued.
Leeds City Council does not hold a public register of House to House collections online, but if you contact us we will be able to provide information over the phone.