Although generally speaking you need a licence to obtain money and/or property by way of public appeal, there are certain exemptions from the Act or other activities that mean you do not need a house to house licence from us. They are:
Local collections over a short period of time
The police may grant a certificate to any person principally concerned in a collection of a local nature which exempts that person from requiring a licence from us under the Act. It is important to note that the collection ‘purpose’ must be local, ie relevant to Portsmouth. You should, if you think this applies to you, go to your local police station and ask to see an Inspector. Tell them you are making application under section 1(4) of the 1939 Act
WARNING: If granted a certificate by the police you and any collectors must not use badges, documents or certificates calculated to deceive the public AND you must not refuse to give your name and address to a police officer if asked. This is an offence.
National collections throughout England
The relevant Secretary of State may exempt a person/organisation from the requirements to hold a licence if satisfied that you “pursue a charitable purpose throughout the whole of England or a substantial part thereof”.
WARNING: Only holders of ‘exemption’ orders may promote envelope collections after obtaining permission from the Secretary of State. No other person or promoter may promote an envelope collection under a licence issued by the Council.
Collecting in a street or public place in Portsmouth
WARNING: You would need a separate Street collection permit from us to collect in this way. You must not therefore collect money ‘on route’ from house to house or say pub to pub.
Selling of goods from door to door in Portsmouth
WARNING: You must not make appeals to the public whatsoever that ANY of the proceeds will be used for a charitable purpose (no matter how small an amount)- you would then need a licence from us. You should also check with the police if you need a pedlar’s certificate.
Leaving a static collecting tin or receptacle in a house or place of business