Any charity wishing to collect money on the street requires a street collection permit.

Before applying please read the Street collection conditions.

Please note: A permit is not required on private property but the consent of the land owner must be obtained.

The Orchards, Haywards Heath - The Martlets and Market Place, Burgess Hill and Queens Walk, East Grinstead are privately owned but are still part of the public highway.

In addition to obtaining a permit from the Council, you should also obtain permission to collect from the Managing Agents.

Only one charity can operate in one town on any given day

Applicants should allow at least 28 days for a decision to be made. If you have not heard from us within 14 days of your application - please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Apply Online:

Apply for a Street Collection licence online

Paper Application:


There is no fee required.

Will 'Tacit consent' Apply?


It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.

More information: ‘Tacit consent’ means you can act as if your application has been granted if you do not receive your licence/permit within a certain time after we confirm we have received your application.

Collection returns

You must fill in a Charity collection return form after the collection has taken place and return it the Licensing Team.

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Last updated: 21 August 2023